Harriet Muncaster Biography
Harriet Muncaster is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Isadora Moon series of young reader books, published by Oxford University Press. So far Isadora Moon is available in twenty-seven different languages, including Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Japanese, and is available as an audio book.
Education and Publications
Harriet studied Illustration at the Norwich University College of Art, and completed a Master’s Degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in 2012, during which she was highly commended for the MacMillan prize for her Final Major Project. Harriet’s first book for young children, I am a Witch’s Cat, was published in 2014 by Harper Collins US, and won the Blue Hen Book Award. I am a Witch’s Cat was followed by its sequel Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat in 2015. In 2016, Penguin US published Harriet’s picture book The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present. The same year, Oxford University Press published the first four Isadora Moon books.
Visits and Events
Harriet loves visiting schools to share her passion for creating new stories through words and pictures. You can read about her school visits here. To ask about fees and booking availability, use the contact form. Harriet has also delivered events at several literary festivals and bookshops. You can see her upcoming events here, and enquire about booking her for your event using the contact form.
Personal and Blog
Harriet was born in 1988 in Saudi Arabia. Her family moved back to England when she was one-and-a-half. She grew up in Hitchin in Hertfordshire and now lives with her husband and daughter near some beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire, England. She loves everything magical, sparkly, and teeny-tiny. She has a passion for creating miniature people and worlds, which you can read about on her personal blog. You can also see what she’s been up to lately in her life as an author/illustrator on her Harriet Muncaster blog.
About Harriet from other sites
Hitchin Children’s Book Festival is a hit with all ages again – write-up of the second Hitchin Children’s Book Festival, September 2018
Guest Post: Sparking Imagination: the Unpredictable Influence of Children’s Books – Harriet Muncaster (Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic) – Guest post for The Reader Teacher, September 2018
Are you more Sugar & Sparkle or Fangs & Moonlight? – Guest post for Minerva Reads, July 2018
Fairy at the Fair – (page 79) part of Hertfordshire Life’s Book Life write-up of the latest releases, May 2018
Isadora Moon’s Activities for Children – Harriet Muncaster guest-writing for the Waterstones Blog, April 2018
The Bookish Mummy meets Harriet Muncaster – The Bookish Mummy, March 2018
World Book Day 2018: Mayor and authors join kids for literature-themed fun – Hitchin Comet, March 2018
Harriet Muncaster’s top 10 magical books – Harriet Muncaster guest-writing for the Oxford Owl Blog, February 2018
Through the eyes of a child: Well-known Irish parents on what they read to their kids – Irish Examiner, February 2018
Harriet Muncaster, author of the Isadora Moon series, chats to Bex in The Club! – Radio interview with Fun Kids Radio – February 2018
Inaugural Hitchin Children’s Book Festival is a success – Write-up of the first Hitchin Children’s Book Festival, October 2017
Summer Reading Challenge: Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock kids take part in record numbers – preview of the first Hitchin Children’s Book Festival, September 2017
Author Harriet Muncaster of the pink and glittery goth children’s character in the Isadora Moon series to hold literary events with crafts and biscuits in Watford, Hatfield, St Albans and Harpenden – Watford Observer, August 2017
Isadora Moon Goes to School Review – Granite Media, June 2017
Bedfordshire author draws on her inspiration as her vampire fairytale takes flight in print – Bedfordshire on Sunday, October 2016
Half vampire, half fairy — meet Isadora Moon – Muddy Stilettos, October 2016
Lovereading4kids author page – Lovereadingforkids.co.uk, October 2016
Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian, September 2016
Author’s vampire/fairy books being launched at Hatfield’s Galleria shopping complex – Welwyn Hatfield Times, September 2016
Interview with Harriet Muncaster – Young Writers, August 2016
Kirkus Reviews of Harriet Muncaster’s Books – Kirkus, various times
World Book Day – Illustration Workshop – St. Francis’ College website, March 2016
Andrea Skyberg Tuesday Tours – Harriet Muncaster – Andrea Skyberg, April 2014
Interview Alert: Harriet Muncaster – Lauri Fortino’s Frog On A (B)log, March 2014