I write weird and wonderful books for children, and my school events reflect this – they’re filled with fun facts and jokes, and teach children to look at the world around them with fresh eyes!
With seven years of primary school teaching experience I’m comfortable talking to children of any age group.
I do both creative writing workshops – for example, teaching children how to use vivid descriptive language to bring their ideas to life – and large assembly-style talks on key topics in my books such as space, fear, and the millions of things around us we cannot see. I also explain how I became a writer, talk about the importance of reading, and give lots of advice on how to improve your own writing."
DetailsPreferred age range:
I have seven years of teaching experience, which means I’m comfortable talking to all age ranges – whether it’s EYFS and KS1 for my picture books, ages 7-12 for my chapter books, or talking to 13+ children about my work as an author. I also talk to older children about key PSCHE topics, such as gender politics and the importance of empathy.
Maximum number in any one session:
I ask for a maximum of 35 children in a writing workshop – for an assembly-style talk, the sky’s the limit! Currently my highest number has been 600…
No of sessions per day:
I can offer 3 sessions in a day, depending on exactly what your school needs.
An hour is the ideal amount of time for one of my talks or workshops – although longer is even better if possible!
The usual structure is: 15 minutes of introduction, including a reading, 30 minutes of an activity or discussion, and 15 minutes for questions at the end. Time for signing afterwards is always good!
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in London, but am happy to travel anywhere. My travel expenses are a standard class rail ticket – the earliest train I can get is 7.30am: otherwise I’ll need nearby accommodation for the night before.
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MAX & THE MILLIONS (due out 1st March 2018, Faber, ages 8-12)
Max is lonely at his boarding school – in fact his only real friend is the eccentric janitor, Mr. Darrow, who shares Max's passion for building tiny models. The day before summer vacation, Mr. Darrow disappears - leaving nothing but a handful of sand on his bedroom floor. Max returns eight weeks later to find that the sand has magically transformed into a whole desert kingdom—filled with millions of tiny, living people!
While Max and his friend Sasha fight to protect the Floor from their evil headmaster, the people on the floor must fight to save it from being destroyed by all-out war. Together they have to learn to work together to save the tiny world in this hilarious, fast paced adventure.
SPACE TORTOISE illustrated by David Litchfield (due our 3rd May 2018, Faber)
In this new collaboration between Ross Montgomery and David Litchfield, a lonely tortoise longs to reach the stars and find other tortoises to play with. One night he thinks he sees a rocket ship on the other side of the park where he lives - he leaves the bin in which he lives and travels across the park to find it. But is it really a rocket ship? And will the tortoise ever find friends?
A heart-warming tale of bravery, determination and how friendship is always closer than you think.
ALEX, THE DOG & THE UNOPENABLE DOOR
THE TORNADO CHASERS
PERIJEE & ME
THE BUILDING BOY (with David Litchfield)
CHRISTMAS DINNER OF SOULS
MAX & THE MILLIONS (due 1st March 2018)
SPACE TORTOISE (due 2nd May 2018)
“Ross attended our “Words for Children” event this year and immediately engaged the children with his entertaining dialogue. Ross skilfully included every child by getting them to think about their own favourite books and authors before describing his journey to become an author. We were delighted to find out that Ross shares our school values and positive attitudes towards learning which, in partnership with a great deal of hard work, have contributed to his success as an author. As he read the first chapter of “Perijee and me” we became so absorbed in the story that we could not wait to hear more….even our youngest children were inspired. A Year One boy, who has struggled to write this year, announced to his mum that evening that he was going to be an author! He began his book as soon as he got in from school…”
Jill Nixon, Headteacher (Robert Piggott C of E Infant School)
“Ross Montgomery showed not only his imagination and ability as an author but his experience in the classroom; he engaged with the children immediately and held their attention, and skilfully managed to draw out the less forthcoming members of the group and turn the attention away from the more ebullient ones. All the children and teachers alike enjoyed the well-prepared workshops and gained much from his creative and structured approach. He was generous with his time signing books for the children at the end of the school day - a very successful visit.”
Cordelia Bou (Broomfield House School)
“We felt incredibly honoured to be able to welcome children's author Ross Montgomery into school to work with Year 4 this morning. His latest novel, Perijee & Me, is at the heart of our topic for this half term - his visit couldn't have come at a better time!
The children were totally captivated as Ross read them the next chapter of Perijee & Me - how lucky we were to be read the next chapter of our class novel by the author who wrote it! The children then worked with Ross to create our very own class alien, extending what we have been learning about 'painting a picture' in our reader's mind. We were blown away by the children's creativity and the dazzling similes that they came up with - fangs as sharp as treacherous butcher's knives, skin as sparkly as the sun reflecting on the sea, wings with feathers as soft as the clouds, a fiery tail terrifying like a bolt of lightning ...
The hugest thank you to Ross for giving us such an inspiring, exciting morning.”
Claire Williams, Year 4 teacher (St Andrews Halstead)
“Ross Montgomery proved to be just as funny, witty and charming as his writing. Wonderfully professional and personable, the children loved his fact-filled presentation and the teachers were delighted that he managed to be educational whilst being so entertaining. His books are absolutely barmy and all the more brilliant for it, luckily as a human being he seems to be completely sane and was a joy to work with. We look forward to reading whatever he does next and would welcome him back any time!”
Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc. Bookshop
Ross Montgomery Amazon site