Kate Pankhurst | 'Creating strong female characters for young readers is very important to me'

Kate Pankhurst | 'Creating strong female characters for young readers is very important to me'

Kate Pankhurst was on maternity leave the year she became a bestselling author. “It was a bit of a crazy time, and really unexpected,” she tells me from her studio, which is based in an old mill in Leeds. Her first author-illustrated non-fiction book, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2016 and struck a real chord with readers: it became the bestselling children’s non-fiction book of 2017, trailblazing the women’s biography trend alongside Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. Two further bestselling picture books followed, Fantastically G...

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