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David Bedford

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David is a best-selling children’s author, workshop leader, and motivator of children’s reading and writing.

He is the author of over 80 books for infant and primary aged children, published worldwide, and has 20 years experience visiting schools in the UK and as far afield as Spain, Austria, Slovakia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Romania, Kuwait, Jordan, China, Thailand, Sudan and Malawi.


’David was wonderful! His down-to-earth, relaxed nature made it very easy for him to engage with students - whether reading to two year olds, or having a Q&A session over lunch with twelve year olds. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and there were more than a few authors-in-waiting inspired to take action after his visit - from both students and staff!

Mathew Shephard, Headmaster, The British School of Nanjing, China

’Please thank David again for all his work with the kids. They really enjoyed it, as did all the teachers!’

St Peter’s School, Barcelona

’Thank you David. The children had a great day right from the outset where you captivated them at assembly time, through to their classroom sessions with you. They are all proud to have their books signed by a ’real author’!

Liz Hill, Headteacher, Brisley Primary, Norfolk, England




New Books



Coming January 2021, an all-colour remake of David’s famous football (soccer) series!


David’s latest picture book was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Award,



And Roo the Roaring Dinosaur is now available in 9 translations,


For a dinosaur’s next brilliant adventure ...


More of David’s picture books are here.




David lives in Norfolk, England, and visits schools locally and around the world. To find out more, see Author Visits. And have a peep at a video of a school visit in Abu Dhabi here.


David is a British Council ’Active Citizen’ trained by the National Literacy Trust in strategies to promote reading.

Want David as your Patron of Reading? One of the first Patrons of Reading in the UK, David has close links with schools, and is looking for a new school to link with right now.

As a Premier League Reading Stars Author, David also uses his football fiction to motivate children’s reading.

David joined with Street Child World Cup at the inaugural UK/Brazil Flipside Festival.


’It was really fantastic to see how you engaged all the kids through your work.’ Jess, Street Child World Cup


David returned to Flipside at the wonderful Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh to talk Roo and polar bears.