James Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling authors, having written over 100 books in his career. He started out writing adult thrillers (and still does) but began writing children’s books when son, Jack, said he couldn’t find any great page-turning books for kids his age.
He’s been called the busiest man in publishing, and that’s not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to ReadKiddoRead.com (a website which recommends great books for kids of all ages) and his scholarships, book donation programmes and founding partnership of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund, James has focused on passing on his passion for reading to kids everywhere.
As he says himself, ‘If I can help to make books and reading more important in children’s lives, I’ll be a happy man’.