David Almond

David Almond FRSL (born 15 May 1951) is a British author who has written several novels for children and young adults from 1998, each one receiving critical acclaim.

He is one of thirty children’s writers, and one of three from the UK, to win the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award. For the 70th anniversary of the British Carnegie Medal in 2007, his debut novel Skellig (1998) was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite. It ranked third in the public vote from that shortlist.

Books in order of publication:


  • Sleepless Nights (Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear: Iron Press, 1985), collection
  • A Kind of Heaven (Iron Press, 1997), collection
  • Skellig (Hodder Children’s Books, 1998)
  • Kit’s Wilderness (Hodder, 1999)
  • Counting Stars (Hodder, 2000), collection
  • Heaven Eyes (Hodder, 2000)
  • Secret Heart (Hodder, 2001)
  • Where Your Wings Were (Hodder, March 2002)
  • The Fire Eaters (Hodder, 2003)
  • Clay (Hodder, 2005)
  • My Dad’s a Birdman, illus. Polly Dunbar (Walker Books, 2007)
  • Jackdaw Summer (Hodder, 2008); US title, Raven Summer
  • The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, illus. Dunbar (Walker, 2010)
  • My Name is Mina (Hodder, 2010) – prequel to Skellig
  • The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean (Penguin, 2011)
  • The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas, illus. Oliver Jeffers (Walker, 2012)
  • Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, illus. Dave McKean (Walker, 2013)
  • A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder, 2014)
  • The Tightrope Walkers (Penguin, 2014)
  • The Tale of Angelino Brown (Walker Books, 2017)
  • The Colour of the Sun (Hodder, 2018)

Picture books and graphic novels

  • Kate, the Cat and the Moon, illus. Stephen Lambert (2004)
  • The Savage, illus. McKean (2008)
  • Slog’s Dad, illus. McKean (2009)
  • The Dam, illus. Levi Pinfold (2018)


  • Wild Girl, Wild Boy (2002)
  • My Dad’s a Birdman
  • Noah & the Fludd
  • Skellig (2002), adaptation of his novel
  • Heaven Eyes (), adaptation of his novel
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