Malaika Rose Stanley (1954-2019)

Children's writer


Malaika Rose Stanley was a children’s writer whose work ranged from picture books to pre-teen fiction, including Baby Ruby Bawled (2010), Miss Bubble’s Troubles (2010), Spike and Ali Enson (2010) and Skin Deep (2011), all published by Tamarind/Random House. She also wrote a monthly gardening column for a community magazine.

Malaika was a qualified and experienced teacher who worked in Zambia, Uganda, Germany and Switzerland as well as the UK – and at all levels of education including supporting autistic children in primary schools, teaching adult EFL, ESOL, literacy and basic education, private tutoring and conflict resolution and teacher training.

She was a workshop leader at the Imagine and StarLit Children’s Literature Festivals, a mentor for the British Council Crossing Borders scheme, a visiting author at Black History Month, Book Week and other events and a writing workshop facilitator in a wide range of schools, libraries and community venues.

Malaika Rose Stanley

Malaika Rose Stanley

Children's writer




  • London College of Fashion, 2011–2012
  • University of North London (now London Metropolitan University), 2002–2003