One of the best things about writing for younger readers is the opportunity to engage with those readers and spread my enthusiasm for stories and reading.

After visiting many schools around the country, teachers and librarians have told me it has helped to promote reading for pleasure, it has motivated pupils into doing some creative writing of their own, and it has given them a better understanding of who authors are, and what we do.

Research from the Society of Authors shows that 99.4% of all schools who host an author event consider it an invaluable experience that encouraged wider reading, creative writing, and reading for pleasure - and the benefits of reading for pleasure are many and varied! It builds better vocab, broadens horizons, heightens creativity, heightens empathy, it teaches us new things, it relieves stress, it helps us focus and concentrate, it improves memory, it builds new skills and . . . so much more!

I have enjoyed visiting and speaking at many schools and literary festivals around the UK, and I am happy to talk to large or small groups. I can tailor my visit to suit your needs.

My books are best suited for boys and girls aged 9 and up, so Year 5 upwards is ideal.

Some of the things a visit might include are:

     •     Explaining how I became an author

     •     Discussing where inspiration comes from

     •     An insight into my books and writing

     •     Why books are so important

     •     Question and Answer session

     •     Book signing session

Dan Smith Reading Makes You Smart


If you are reading and discussing my books in the classroom, have a look here to find a Scheme of Work and suggested activities for each of my titles.

If you would like to receive a brochure, arrange a school visit, or discuss this further please contact me here.

I am currently Patron of Reading at Northcote Lodge in West London