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“Kate is warm, funny and passionate about such a diverse range of genres.”


After studying Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and training as a journalist, science writing proved to be the perfect fit for Isabel. Since 2010, she has written more than a hundred science-related books for children and teenagers, as well as outreach resources for organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers. Isabel also writes for children’s science magazines Whizz Pop Bang and The Week Junior Science + Nature.

Isabel’s books have been published internationally in more than 16 languages and shortlisted for the English 4–11 Picture Book Awards, the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, the ASE Book of the Year Awards, and the Blue Peter Book Awards.

 As a prominent science writer for young audiences, she regularly speaks at festivals, schools and other events. In 2019, these include the Cheltenham Science Festival, Bournville BookFest, the Oxford Literary Festival, Paris Book Fair, Wimpole History Festival and BBC Women’s Hour.

Isabel lives in Cambridge with her husband and three young sons. In her spare time, she is a primary school governor and STEM Ambassador.


Isabel Thomas has written more than 100 books for children, some of which are: This Book Is Not Rubbish, Wren & Rook, 2018; Moth: An Evolution Story, Bloomsbury, 2018; Self-Destructing Science (series) Bloomsbury, 2012, 2017, 2018; Little Guides to Great Lives (series) Laurence King, 2018, 2019; How To Change the World, Oxford University Press, 2015.



“Thomas writes in a can-do register with an underlying note of steel.”

The Guardian

“scientific and poetic, full of thrill and peril.”

Times Literary Supplement

“a rare pleasure.”

The Wall Street Journal

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I loved Andrea Ashworth’s memoir Once in a House on Fire and wish I had found it years earlier.


Once I had more than a hundred books to my name, I realised that the services of an agent could help me focus more time on what I really love – writing and speaking engagements. But I wavered for several years, and after meetings with other agents, because it always felt so difficult to invite another person into an established career. When I met Kate, those worries finally disappeared. She is warm, funny and passionate about such a diverse range of genres. Most importantly, I felt I would be proud to have her represent me.


Isabel’s factual writing for children is breath-taking, the sheer range of topics astonishing.  Her knowledge, creativity and passion for science, biography and natural history are highly infectious.