Harriet Muncaster Biography

Harriet Muncaster is the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Isadora Moon, Mirabelle and Emerald series of young reader books and the middle-grade Victoria Stitch series, both published by Oxford University Press. So far Isadora Moon is available in thirty-seven different languages, including Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Korean, and is available as audio books. The Isadora Moon series won the El Corte Inglés Children’s Book of the Year in 2019 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. An animated series based on Isadora Moon and developed by Kelebek Media is available to watch and stream now on Sky Kids in the UK. Harriet lives with her husband and daughter near some beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire, England.

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, Oxford University Press published the first four Isadora Moon books.

Isadora Moon books first 10 covers

Events and School Visits

As Harriet spends almost all of her time writing and illustrating new books, she is not able to visit schools, bookshops and book festivals as often as she would like. When she is able to do public events, you can see her upcoming events here, and enquire about events using the contact form.

Harriet Muncaster with stripy umbrella

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. Her great grandfather was the marine and landscape painter Claude Muncaster. Harriet loves everything magical, sparkly, and teeny-tiny. She has a passion for creating miniature people and worlds. You can see what she’s been up to lately in her life as an author/illustrator on her Harriet Muncaster blog.

Harriet Muncaster with Victoria Stitch

About Harriet from other sites

Alison Curtis’s top 10 books for children – October 2020

Harriet Muncaster Interview for TRESA – January 2020

The Best Books to Look Out For in 2020: Children’s and Young Adult – from the Waterstones Blog, December 2019

Breaking records of sale Book Fair Of Madrid 2019 – summary of the Madrid Book Fair 2019, for which Harriet was one of the top three bestselling authors, June 2019

Hitchin Children’s Book Festival is a hit with all ages again – write-up of the second Hitchin Children’s Book Festival, September 2018

Harriet Muncaster BBC Three Counties Radio Interview with Nick Coffer, 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

Isadora Moon Goes to School, Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip & Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet by Harriet Muncaster – Book Reviews, Guest Post & Giveaway – With Love for Books, January 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

Young fans travel from far and wide to meet acclaimed children’s author Harriet Muncaster in Hitchin as she launches latest Isadora Moon title – The Comet, June 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

Harriet Muncaster