Heather Maisner is author of over 37 children’s books, including award-winning titles, published by many UK publishers.
Her children’s books range from picture books to books for fluent readers and teenagers and cover subjects as diverse as tractors, planet early, history, the weather, first-time stories and stories that are ideal for reluctant young readers, combining fiction with fact, and games with information. Her books have been translated into many languages and are sold all over the world.
Heather’s work as a writer has always been combined with other forms of employment. She wrote her first (unpublished) novel aged 12 and won the Daily Mirror Children’s Literary Competition out of 35,000 contestants, when she was 16. With a degree in English and Russian literature from Essex University, she worked as a teacher, translator (from Russian, French, Spanish), editor and commissioning editor of children’s and adult books, often specialising in cookery.
Her first books for children, The Tractors of Thomson Yard, published by Walker Books, were inspired by her son’s fascination with tractors. At a time when there were no books with tractors as heroes, she created four titles, based on a Norfolk farm. Each tractor has its own song, and the stories explore the working life of tractors throughout the farming year.
Heather spends her time between London and Norfolk, and her house is always full of pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, budgerigars, a chinchilla – but no dinosaurs. Until now . . .
Heather is also Publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books – fun, healthy, rhyming books, which cover subjects including oral health, vitamin D, healthy eating and exercise, hand-washing, mental health and stress – Finalists in the Early Years Excellence Awards.
Dinosaur Douglas Books are written, working closely with paediatric consultants at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, H&F Family Support, Alberta Wellness Initiative and the NSPCC.
Heather teaches creative writing to children, has been Author in Residence at two Hammersmith primary schools, taught trainee teachers at the University of Hertfordshire and students at Queen Mary’s College and was on the Board of Directors at ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society).
Dinosaur Douglas Books, with input from paediatric consultants, cover subjects including oral health, vitamin D, hand-washing, healthy eating and exercise, mental health and stress.
Heather is available for school visits, creative writing workshops and talks in London, Norfolk and elsewhere
What the papers say about Dinosaur Douglas Books
“Dinosaur Douglas and the Beastly Bugs is definitely the best children’s book we have read about the importance of brushing your teeth.”
British Dental Journal
“Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather’s use of rhymes combined with Alex’s terrific illustrations will ensure that they grab the children’s attention right from the word go. Dinosaurs are still number one on children’s list of favourite subjects, so this is a sure-fire winner!”
“Up and down the land children will do anything to get out of brushing their teeth . . .this fantastic rhyming book reinforces the importance of regularly brushing teeth.”
“Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather’s use of rhymes combined with Alex’s terrific illustrations… ensure that they grab the children's attention right from the word go”
“I was really impressed with the way the children were able to connect to the books … even about something as complex as Vitamin D. The discussions . . .were really fruitful. The themes, covering healthy lifestyle choices, are unlike any that I have been able to find for children in a fictional text, so I personally found it really useful.”
Teacher Kimberley Buchanan (Y1, Greenside Primary, London W12)
“The books get the message across very effectively and in a lively, age-appropriate way children will enjoy. They are great for use at home and also to instil basic principles for nursery and reception children.”
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