Aidan Chambers' best known books are the children's novel, The Present Takers and his young adult fiction that includes Breaktime, Dance on My Grave, and The Toll Bridge. He lectures on children's literature for teachers and for several years wrote the "Letter from England" column for The Horn Book.
With his wife Nancy he founded The Thimble Press in 1969, which has published professional books in education as well as the critical journal, Signal: Approaches to Children's Books.
A recipient of numerous awards, in 1986 he gave the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children. Aidan and Nancy Chambers live in the Cotswold region of England.