Welcome to Ian MacDonald's Author in Schools website!

Ian MacDonald

Ian MacDonald

Ian’s first book Mrs Wrelton’s Dinosaur was published in 2003 and featured on BBC TV and Radio. Alien Teeth was listed on The School Library Association’s Books into Boys scheme in 2007. 

Since then Ian has written more than thirty books for schools for publishers including Badger Learning, OUP’s Project X series, Rising Stars and Eprint. He specialises in easy-to-read stories for reluctant readers (boys!) along with a number of teachers’ resource books.


Ian left school at 17 and worked in the printing industry before training for teaching.  After teaching in three counties he settled with his family in Kent, becoming deputy- headteacher in a large primary school where he began writing.
NOW… he spends much of his time visiting schools, inspiring young writers in the classroom.


Claire Pallett - Spring Meadow Primary School Harwich Essex

(We enjoyed) EVERYTHING. Seeing children who are normally afraid or reluctant to write beaming with confidence was wonderful to see!

Claire Page - Gonville Primary School Croyden

The children really enjoyed the day and it was great to involve all children in school. The writing workshops were excellent and the children liked beginning with a character from one of the books

Meet Spike

Medical Note: Spike has been loved, cuddled and hugged by so many small children on Ian’s author visits that, on more than one occasion, he’s had to have his neck glued back on… but he’s never missed a school visit yet!!!

Spike is the green dinosaur in Mrs Wrelton’s Dinosaur.  He goes to all Ian’s author visits.

Here he is enjoying a book with a small friend during a busy day looking after his author.

Mrs Wrelton’s Dinosaur was Ian’s first published book.  Its launch featured on BBC South East News and BBC Radio Kent.