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Pamela Butchart


As a child, Pamela was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of pets, have a mum and dad who were bonkers, and go to The Best Most Awesome Primary School in the World™. As a student, Pamela’s student jobs included: fishwife, cheesemonger, basketball instructor in America, phlebotomist, and Artist Liaison for a really bad Abba tribute band. 

Pamela gained a MA in Philosophy from Dundee University and a PGDE at Edinburgh University, and is now a secondary school Philosophy teacher (which means she gets to spend all day pondering such questions as ‘How do I know I’m not really a robot?’)

Pamela has always loved and collected children’s books, but she never thought she could write her own until her fiancé bought her a ‘How to Write for Children’ book for her birthday 3 years ago.  She now owes him for life.

Pamela gets her inspiration from her own childhood which was filled with broken metal detectors, mud pies, haunted primary schools, dinosaurs, exploding balloons filled with rice and crazy bedtime storytelling with her Gran.     

Pamela loves cats, Kinder eggs, funny babies, small dogs, tulips, cheese, dinosaurs, pyjamas and socks with sausage dogs on them. 

Pamela lives in Dundee with her fiancé, Andy, and their two awesome cats, Bear & Carlos.

When she grows up she’d like to open a luxury hotel for stray cats.  She thinks she’d call it ‘Meowington Palace.’ 

About writer's work

I have four books coming out in 2014, the first is a picture book, Yikes, Stinkysaurus! published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books on 9th January and on the same day my chapter book, Baby Aliens Got My Teacher is published by Nosy Crow.

Other work

I have delivered events at local primary schools to promote my Nosy Crow fiction.  These visits were arranged in connection with the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (Dundee Group) who organise the Red House Book testing and award.  I’ve had very positive feedback from the pupils, teachers, parents and FCBG about my events (and tonnes of letters and paintings from pupils!) 

Since I am a teacher, I am very comfortable around children, and have worked with children of all ages since becoming a teacher.

My events are lively, fun, full of activities, and child-centred. 

Activities include: Reading to children, games, making dinosaur masks, making plasticine aliens, learning about how a book is put together (the job of an illustrator, ect –done in a fun and interactive way!)

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Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 5-8

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Books written

Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge.

Never Tickle a Tiger

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
Izzy is always shuffling, jiggling, squirming and twitching. She just can't keep still! So when Izzy's school go on a trip to the zoo, her teacher warns her to behave.

My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
The third zippy and zany tale by Pamela Butchart sees Izzy and her friends plunged into more primary-school craziness.

Yikes, Santa-CLAWS!

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
It was Christmas Eve and the dino-tots were tucked up in bed dreaming of Christmas magic . . . But where were the jolly jingle bells? The hearty "Ho! Ho!

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school.

Baby Aliens Got My Teacher

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them.

Yikes, Stinkysaurus!

Author(s): Pamela Butchart
Stinkysaurus is the smelliest dinosaur in the whole wide world, and don’t the other dinosaurs know it! The dinos rushed for cover, When Stinkysaurus was about!