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Children's Author Lou Treleaven at the reading event at Hay's Galleria
Lou Treleaven at Hay’s Galleria – photo credit Brendan Bell

Hello, I’m Lou Treleaven and I write picture books, chapter books and early readers including the Penpals on Pluto series.  I also run a critique service for writers and enjoy writing plays and sketches.  My latest book is the picture book The Christmas Crumb illustrated by Alex Willmore.

You can email me at lou dot treleaven at sky dot com, or click on the links for events (including school author visits), book news or critiques.  If you are reading my books at school or at home, check out my free resources for some fun creative activities.

Proudly represented by the Caroline Wakeman Literary Agency.


I’m thrilled that Maverick have released a new edition of my picture book Not Yet a Yeti, illustrated by Tony Neal. George doesn’t feel like the rest of his family and no wonder – they are yetis! Why isn’t George a yeti yet, and what could he be instead? A humorous but heartfelt book about identity and supportiveness. I love the brand new cover too!


The Christmas Crumb is released in a beautiful hardback version on 28 September 2021.  Illustrated lavishly by Alex Willmore, it’s a new Christmas fairy tale that spreads kindness, generosity… and crumbs!

Available to order now!

The Christmas Crumb


The next instalment of Turns Out I’m an Alien is out now!  Turns Out I’m an Evil Alien Emperor gives away the plot in its title and is a ridiculously silly space adventure that manages to out-silly the silliness of the first book by quite a long way.  In fact it’s so silly that the release was postponed just to add some extra silliness!  Check out the covers by James Lancett below.

“My superpower is that I can turn into a slug, isn’t it?”
“Technically it’s less of a superpower, more of an allergy.”

Turns Out I’m an Alien

Jasper’s life is as normal as can be until he discovers his foster parents have been withholding a massive secret from him: he’s actually an alien.  Suddenly he’s launched into a crazy outer space adventure with his foster sister, Holly, but the evil Andromedan emperor is closing in. Can Jasper liberate his home planet, the Milky Way and save his parents before the emperor gets there first?

Turns Out I’m an Evil Alien Emperor

Jasper’s settling into life with two sets of parents, but not two sets of pocket money.  Oh, and being an alien.  It seems everything’s back to normal until Holly drags him to a Harry Handsome concert… and that’s not the worst part.  This devious pop star slash alien secret agent seems to be up to something – and it involves brainwashing the entire planet!