Helen Haraldsen is a children's author, English teacher and school librarian. She is passionate about all things reading and writing related. She loves reading books for young people, and introducing children to the book that turns them into a reader is one of the highlights of her job. Some of her favourites are on the ‘Recommended Reads’ page.
Helen runs a reading club and a writers and illustrators club at her school. She has led two groups to plan, write, edit and publish two complete novels through a team-writing process. Find out more on the ‘Keswick School’ page.
Helen has also been involved with the Kids' Lit Quiz for many years. Her team came third in the UK National Final in 2017 and won in 2019. They would have represented the UK in the 2020 World Final in New Zealand, had it not been cancelled due to Covid.
When she's not reading, writing or teaching, she'll be busy at home in Cumbria looking after a variety of horses, dogs, ducks and geese!
Her surname 'Haraldsen' is an old Scandinavian name and she inherited it from her grandfather who came from the Faroe Islands. Here's Helen in Norway in 2018 sporting a rather fetching Viking helmet!