Hello! I am the author of some adult humour titles, including Where the Wild Mums Are, and some children’s picture books. I’m also a chocaholic, handbag hoarder, frustrated pop singer/ food critic/film director. I live in London with my husband and young son and am pretty new to being a published author.

Katie Blackburn is a pen name! In my day job I am better known as Leah Thaxton, Children’s Publisher at Faber & Faber.

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Where the Wild Mums Are is a gift book celebrating the wonder of mums, and then there’s Where the Wild Dads Went (a dafter version celebrating dads) both illustrated by Sholto Walker. My latest book to complete the trio is called ‘Twas the Nightcap Before Christmas.

IMG_6727Then there’s Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep (a sleep aid for children) and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Food (a toolkit to make mealtimes with a toddler less stressful) both illustrated by Richard Smith, and Scoot (er, about scooting), illustrated by Jim Smith.

You can find me on twitter, when I’m meant to be sleeping/ working/ doing the washing up. Did Wild Mums make you laugh? Did Dozy send you to sleep? Did you take up scooting…? I’d love to hear …