Karen Owen has been published regularly, starting out as a journalist on regional and national publications before turning to fiction. She writes short literary stories for adults but her passion is writing for children.

She loves visiting schools, libraries and festivals where she runs creative writing workshops for primary-age children. She’s currently working on a historical fantasy series for 9 to 12-year-olds.


I Could Be, You Could Be

Join a young boy and girl on thrilling adventures as they imagine themselves as space travelling astronauts ferocious dragons jungled welling monkeys and more. The fine line between childrens make believe and the fantastic worlds they create is cleverly portrayed through Barroux s bright landscapes. Adventurous scenarios played out by an inventive and spirited boy and girl provide children with inspiration for dressing up and make believe play. Sensitively conveyed message about the importance of being yourself. A Summer Reading Challenge selection 2011 Illustrated by bestselling French artist Barrou who has also created our Barefoot Young Artist titles, Dotty Spotty Doodles and Zig Zag Zebra. Includes a mask-making activity at the end.


Fantastic. Fun. Positive. Good anecdotal experience from the trainers along with knowledge and experience.

- Karen Owen