Hello! My name is Joan and I write books for children.

My debut novel, Tiger Skin Rug, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and a Finalist in the People’s Book Prize in 2020 and is the Silver Winner in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards 2021. My latest book, Talking History, is out now with Templar Books.

I hope you have fun exploring this website, where you can find out more about me and my books, access a range of resources and read up on my latest bookish news and events. If you would like to get in touch to book a workshop or ask a question, please contact me.

Tiger Skin Rug

An old promise. A mysterious tiger. A magical adventure.

Lal and his brother Dilip miss home. They don’t like drizzle, midges, or the tiger skin rug in their creepy new house. All they want is to leave Scotland and go back to India. But that’s before they make friends with Jenny, and before the tiger comes back to life…

Stay at Home!

Poems and Prose for Children Living in Lockdown

Stay at Home!, edited by Joan Haig and illustrated by Darren Gate, aims to help children reflect on their time in lockdown.

Talking History

150 Years of Speakers and Speeches

Covering speeches from the last 150 years, explore the events leading up to each speech, listen to the words, and discover the impact they had on the world. Presented in graphic novel style, this is a book to inspire a new generation of thinkers and talkers.