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Charlotte Barkla
Author | Primary and Secondary School

Charlotte worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.

Charlotte’s debut picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies was published in January 2020. The first two novels in her middle-grade series, Edie’s Experiments, were also published in 2020.

As a teacher, Charlotte is an experienced speaker and workshop presenter. Her sessions can be customised to the age group and curriculum, with topics ranging from ‘Writing picture books’ for early years primary students, through to the ‘Craft of creative writing’ for all levels of primary and ‘Becoming a science writer’ for secondary students.

Charlotte loves sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.

Virtual visits available


Photo credit: Kate Dyer

Books by Charlotte Barkla

From My Head to My Toes I Say What Goes

Best Suited 3-8 Years
From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes! is a light-hearted exploration of boundaries, nestled in a fun and lively story.
I might say YES to pillow fights;
a kiss when I’m tucked in at night.
I might say NO to climbing high,
a tickling game or a hug goodbye.
The book discusses consent and control for a young audience, through a story that is bold and beautiful, loud and proud.
With the feel-good factor turned up to eleven, it also celebrates individualism, inclusivity and empathy.


Edie’s Experiments 1: How to Make Friends

Best suited 8-12 years
I’m Edie and I love science. So I when I started at a new school, I decided it could be one giant experiment.

Edie’s Experiments 2: How to Be the Best

Best suited 8-12 years
It’s Eco Month, and science-obsessed Edie is right on board. When Mr Zhu announces a competition to design an environmental project for the school, Edie is sure she has first place in the bag, that is, until Dean Starlight arrives.

All bodies are good Bodies

Best suited for 3+ years.
Bold and beautiful, loud and proud, All Bodies are Good Bodies is an uplifting book about different body features and types

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