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Michael Bond - Author

About the Author

Michael Bond 13 Jan 1926 - 28 June 2017. Born in Newbury, Berkshire, England he was educated at Presentation College, Reading. During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army. He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion. This experience helped him decide that he wanted to be a writer.

Michael Bond never thought of writing for children but, after producing a number of short stories and radio plays, his agent suggested that he adapt a television play for children. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 by William Collins & Sons (now HarperCollins Publishers). At the time, Michael Bond was working as a television cameraman for the BBC.

After the first Paddington book was accepted, Michael Bond went on to write a whole series and by 1967 his books were so successful that that he was able to give up his job with the BBC in order to become a full-time writer.

In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children’s literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. 

In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and this was followed by a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015. 

For the last 37 years of his life Michael Bond lived in London, not far from Paddington Station where it all began. He continued to write until shortly before he died on 27th June 2017, aged 91.

Featured books by Michael Bond

Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington Funny Story Collection

Paddington Funny Story Collection

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2022

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for more than sixty years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, six bestselling classic paperback novels are brought together in this special slipcase edition. Paddington is now a major movie star! Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same . . . for things just seem to happen to Paddington. Wherever there is excitement to be found, whether a flooded bathroom, a DIY disaster or a kitchen calamity, Paddington is never far from the scene! Set includes: * A Bear Called Paddington * More About Paddington * Paddington Helps Out * Paddington Goes to Town * Paddington Here and Now * Paddington's Finest Hour

Paddington the Artist

Paddington the Artist

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2022

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! When Paddington goes to an outdoor painting exhibition he is inspired to work on his own masterpieces. And it's not long before he sells some of his paintings to a mysterious art collector! Stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world for more than sixty years.

Paddington The Original Paddington Adventure

Paddington The Original Paddington Adventure

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Board book Release Date: 04/07/2022

The classic story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington. Now available in board book format - perfect for tiny paws! Paddington Bear first met the Brown family at a railway station - Paddington Station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and a label reading 'Please look after this bear'. Without further ado, Mr and Mrs Brown welcomed the adventurous bear into their family, and in honour of their meeting place they named him Paddington. The Browns soon discover that Paddington is a most unusual bear, for ordinary things - like having a bath - become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around!

Paddington at the Zoo

Paddington at the Zoo

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2022

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! When Paddington visits the zoo, he takes enough marmalade sandwiches with him to last all day. However, he is none too pleased when he realises how popular they are with the zoo's inhabitants! Stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world for more than sixty years.

Paddington and the Grand Tour Band 15/Emerald

Paddington and the Grand Tour Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2022

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Paddington Bear returns for a day of London sightseeing in this hilarious book by Michael Bond. Paddington is very excited. He is going on a day trip around the city with his friend, Mr Gruber. With his suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches and Mrs Bird's umbrella in case it rains, the bear from darkest Peru is ready for anything. Or almost... Children can recap the story through the poster on pages 30-31, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Paddington and the Disappearing Sandwich

Paddington and the Disappearing Sandwich

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Board book Release Date: 03/06/2022

Paddington is introduced to younger readers in this pre-school picture book, starring one of the world's best-loved characters, Paddington Bear, now a major movie star! When Paddington Bear goes to town looking for different shapes, he soon discovers that some are much longer-lasting than others... especially if they happen to be very tasty! Pre-schoolers will love identifying shapes on this journey with everyone's favourite bear, Paddington!

More About Paddington

More About Paddington

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The hilarious adventures of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington, now a major movie star! As Paddington says himself, Things happen to me - I'm that sort of bear. And, with his attempts at home decorating, detective work and photography, the Brown family soon find that Paddington causes his own particular brand of chaos. For more than sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.

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