Ross Welford

Ross Welford


Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.

Ross is the author of Time Travelling With A Hamster, a thrilling, funny and heart-warming middle-grade novel that tells the story of a boy’s quest to live up to his dad’s memory, and of a second book, entitled What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible, a beautiful and funny novel about a child who can turn invisible at will; The 1,000-year-old Boy – was published in January 2018 by HarperCollins Children’s Books; his fourth book, The Dog Who Saved the World, came out in January 2019, followed by The Kid Who Came From Space, which was published in January 2020, also by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

An astounding debut success, Time Travelling with a Hamster has been shortlisted for no fewer than 14 of the country’s biggest children’s book prizes, including the Costa, the Blue Peter, the Branford Boase, and the Waterstones Prize and it was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It was Waterstones Book of the month upon publication and it won the Awesome Book Award in 2017.

Ross Welford @rosswelford

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This is amazing - thank you for choosing The Kid Who Came From Space for this terrific project!

Vending machine to lending machine!

⭐️ NEW! ⭐️ We’ve got a new 10 minute challenge every day, hosted by a different children’s author.

They’re fun, inspirational & perfect for #homelearning

Today’s challenge with @annabellesami!

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Our marvellous Waterstones Children's Laureate @CressidaCowell is launching a summer camp next week full of brilliant ideas and fun from top authors and illustrators!

Find out what to expect here: #CressidaSummerCamp #MagicIdeas

We absolutely love this brilliant piece from Girl Boy Sea author @chrisvickwrites! He tells us how the ocean has seeped into all of his writing - and how stories can be so powerful in changing hearts and minds:

This is so well deserved. JKR changed children’s publishing forever and so many people writing today owe her so much.

This thread answers a question I’m asked quite a lot: how much do authors earn? (Sometimes phrased as “are you as rich as J K Rowling?”)

Of course, we’ve been buying books online during the lockdown, but actually going into the book shop and buying more books is a double pleasure. @WstonesWitney @KirtleySophie @rosswelford @Tombenjaminsays @jenrosebell and we’re still ordering online too.

Here's the latest #ReadingForceNewsletter highlighting our resources and how schools and clubs can easily access them...
@tompalmerauthor @CressidaCowell @rosswelford @NYCCPupilsChamp @scipalliance @RCET_Scot @SCISS_NEAC

I love this! Good luck with it! 😀

Looking for inspiration for #lockdown learning this week? Head over to our YouTube channel for some weapons-grade workshops thanks to @chrisriddell50 @emmac2603 @CarolineLawrenc @whatSFSaid @lthompsonwrites @rosswelford @vashti_hardy @JosephACoelho + MORE

These resources to accompany our #ReadMCR city-wide transition read are out of this world! A great job @sarahlgreen07 @andreadaubs in supporting #readingforpleasure across the city @rosswelford @HarperCollinsCh @Literacy_Trust

Reading Force families, you can now access The Dog Who Saved The World by @rosswelford using the free @ThePigeonholeHQ app:
The first three staves have been delivered - you can read them now to catch up.
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We’ve got scorching deals on Summer sounds from only £6.99!

Join Mr Dog with @Benfogle or three of @Baddiel’s hilarious audiobook titles!

Listen to @rosswelford’s collection or get stuck into YA with @AliceOseman

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Are you writing your #lockdown story? If you’re looking for Amazing tips from top authors @frankcottrell_b @HolSmale @rosswelford Tom @Lullingstone : & don’t miss @JPonpolitics reading Zoë’s Smelly Troll story! #stories #WritingCommunity #homeschool

Thank you to @rosswelford and everyone that tuned in! We're back from space with a whole heap of exciting events still to come your way today! #BCLF2020AtHome

We know it's been hard for our families to get hold of books in lockdown. So we've partnered with Pigeon Hole and from this Friday you can read The Dog Who Saved the World (9+) by @rosswelford !
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2 WEEKS UNTIL #NationalWritingDay! Only 3 more creative writing videos left! Fear not: THIS one's great! The marvellous @Malikabooker will guide us to write Haibuns & Haikus.

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