Tony Mitton

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Raised in a military family, Anthony Robert Mitton was born Tripoli, North Africa in 1951 and spent the first part of his life here and in Germany and Hong Kong. It was not until he was nine that he came to Britain to attend a Suffolk boarding school. He continued his further education at Cambridge University, eventually gaining a BA in English. Tony Mitton also trained as an English teacher before eventually deciding on teaching at primary school level, which he did from the age of 25, however, by the age of 36 he was teaching on a part-time basis in order to share the parenting of his now two children with his wife, and had begun writing poetry and reading book stories for schools. His teaching career had also changed and he was now found himself working almost exclusively with children with special needs, especially those with literacy and behavioural problems. It was not until he was 40 that he began writing for children in earnest and it was in his late forties that Mitton gave up teaching altogether to concentrate full time on his writing.

His exceptional understanding of rhyme and language and innovative style have ensured that this wordsmith's books have recognised by critics and readers alike; awards including a prestigious Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 2000 for his book 'The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief'.

He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

Tony Mitton books reviewed


  • A Very Curious Bear
  • All Afloat on Noah's Boat
  • Amazing Aeroplanes (Amazing Machines)
  • Big Bad Raps
  • Brilliant Boats
  • Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus
  • Christmas Wishes
  • Come to Tea on Planet Zum-Zee
  • Cool Cars
  • Dazzling Diggers
  • Dinosaurumpus
  • Dippy Diplodocus: And other Dinosaur Rhymes
  • Down by the Cool of the Pool
  • Fangtastic Raps
  • Farmer Joe and the Music Show
  • Flashing Fire Engines
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Flip the Flap)
  • Goodnight Me, Goodnight You
  • I Want to Shout and Stamp About
  • Little Red Riding Hood (Flip the Flap)
  • Monster Raps
  • Morgana the Spooky Sorceress (Crazy Camelot Capers Series)
  • My Hat and all That
  • Once Upon A Tide
  • Party Animals
  • Perky Little Penguins
  • Playful Little Penguins
  • Plum
  • Riddledy Piggledy
  • Roaring Rockets
  • Robin Hood Raps
  • Royal Raps
  • Scary Raps
  • Sir Galahad and the Grail (Crazy Camelot Capers Series)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Crazy Camelot Capers Series)
  • Sir Lancelot and the Black Night
  • Spooky Hour
  • Spookyrumpus
  • Storyteller's Secret
  • Super Submarines
  • Terrific Trains
  • The Amazin Machines Truckload of Fun (Amazing Machines)
  • The Raps Collection
  • The Tale of Tales
  • Tough Trucks
  • Tremendous Tractors
  • What's the Time, Mr Wolf (Flip the Flap)
  • Where's My Egg? (Flip the Flap)

Collaborations and Educational Books

  • Curly and the Big Berry
  • Where is Curly
  • Who See Curly
  • Curly is Hungry
  • Curly to the Rescue
  • My Sixth Reading Pack: Red Level
  • Tec and the Cake: Band 02a/Red A
  • Tec and the Hole: Band 02a/Red A
  • Tec and the Litter: Band 02b/Red B
  • Pengwiniaid Sionc a Bywiog
  • i-read Year 1 Anthology: Splish-Splash-Splosh
  • i-read Year 1 Anthology: Animal Antics
  • Rosaidh Rabaid A'Dol Dhan Chroileagan
  • Rosaidh Rabaid A'Dol a Chadal
  • Rosaidh Rabaid A'Cluich
  • Partaidh Co-La Breith Rosaidh Rabaid