How many Tom Gates books are there? And other interesting stuff to know about these fun books

Read our review and recommendation of the Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon below. We also provide the answers to the all-important questions of how many Tom Gates books are there and what age are Tom Gates books for? Plus we have a full Tom Gates books list for you.

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Post updated January 2022.

How many Tom Gates books are there?

  • There are currently 19 books in the Tom Gates series!
  • There are also 4 additional Tom Gates themed books by Liz Pichon, including a drawing book to be released in March 2022.
  • That’s 25 Tom Gates books in total, at the time of writing.

Below is a full list of all Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon.

Tom Gates new book 2021!

The latest Tom Gates book was released in October 2021. Tom Gates Book 19: Random Acts of Fun is available now.

Additional books – including a new Tom Gates book for 2022!

Keen fans who want to ensure they have the full Tom Gates book collection may also want to know that a 96-page World Book Day special was released in 2013. There was also a Tom Gates annual released in 2014.  

Additionally Tom Gates: The Music Book was released in October 2019. Tom Gates: You Can Draw is due out in March 2022.

Tom Gates book order – full list updated 2022

Our list below shows the Tom Gates books order as of early-2022. The list contains all Tom Gates books in order; from the first Tom Gates book, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates to the newest Tom Gates book, Random Acts of Fun.

Our table of Tom Gates books shows the order in which books were published, but note that for a narrative Tom Gates reading order, the “additional titles” are not essential reading.

All the Tom Gates books in orderTitleCoverPrices and availability
Book 1

Tom Gates: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, 2011

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Book 2

Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff), 2011

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Book 3

Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (sort of), 2012

Check out Tom Gates Book 3

Book 4

Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly), 2012

Check out Tom Gates Book 4

Additional titles:
Tom Gates World Book Day Special

Tom Gates: Best Book Day Ever!, 2013

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Book 5

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things), 2013

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Book 6

Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not), 2014

Check out Tom Gates Book 6

Additional titles:

Tom Gates: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates Annual, 2014

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Book 7

Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky, 2015

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Book 8

Tom Gates: Yes! No (Maybe...), 2015

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Book 9

Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly), 2016

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Book 10

Tom Gates: Super Good Skills (Almost), 2017

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Book 11

Tom Gates: Dog Zombies Rule (for Now), 2017

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Book 12

Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures, 2018

Check out Tom Gates Book 12

Book 13

Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (Kind Of), 2018

Check out Tom Gates Book 13

Book 14

Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans, 2018

Check out Tom Gates Book 14

Book 15

Tom Gates: What Monster?, 2018

Check out Tom Gates Book 15

Tom Gates box set option:
(The first 15 books)

Tom Gates Collection - Books 1-15

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Book 16

Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do (and Stories Too!), 2019

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Book 17

Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really...), 2019

Check out the latest Tom Gates book - Tom Gates Book 17 - out now

Additional titles
Tom Gates: The Music Book

Tom Gates: The Music Book, 2019

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Book 18

Tom Gates: Ten Tremendous Tales, 2020

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Book 19

Tom Gates: Random Acts of Fun, 2021

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Additional titles
Tom Gates: You Can Draw

Tom Gates: You Can Draw, 2022

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Review of Tom Gates by guest contributor, Anna

I am really pleased to introduce guest contributor Anna. She recommends the Tom Gates series of kids’ books that her son “Bee” and previously his older sister have appreciated and enjoyed.

First, let’s hear a quick word from Bee on why he loves the Tom Gates book series. “They are interesting. I like how he does cheeky things, how he follows his dreams cause he plays in a band.” – Bee, 8.

The world of Tom Gates book series by Liz Pichon came into my kids’ lives a few years ago. We were introduced to the books as being good for children with reading difficulties. My daughter who is now 12 has left them behind.

Tom Gates books age range

At the age of 7, my son was still being given very simple books by his teacher. However, he was able to read the longer Tom Gates books with more confidence.

We have made a gradual transition from sharing the reading to me just helping with occasional words. Each page does not have many words on it and so pages turn at a satisfying rate.

The everyday adventures of Tom Gates

Each book in the series centres on a week or so of Tom’s life where he goes to school and a close shave adventure happens. Tom lives in a traditional nuclear family – he has one older sister, Delia Gates – who is a teenager and they ‘hate’ each other. Tom has a band, plays guitar and likes drawing.

Most of the story revolves around things that happen at school. There are teachers he likes and doesn’t like, and children who he has difficult relationships with as well as his mates. The books are filled with jokes and really dynamic illustrations.  My son will laugh out loud.

Tom grows up in each book and the vocabulary develops. Tom Gates author Liz Pichon has added to the collection since my daughter stopped reading them.

You can read them as stand-alone books too!

We have read the first six not always in the ‘right’ order of Tom Gates books and it doesn’t matter. Each book is complete and stand-alone so it’s easy to access, and kids can dip in and out. This is useful when we have picked up books in random order at the library.


As a parent, I like the Tom Gates books because:

  • A Tom Gates costume is a super easy dress up for World Book Day at school (great for us lazier mums!)
  • my son feels like he has caught up with his friends. He can achieve reading a book with over 100 pages
  • watching your child laugh and then share the joke with you is a joy
  • we have been happy to recommend the books to friends.


– Many thanks to Anna for her review and recommendation of the Tom Gates book series.

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A Tom Gates book set is also available, including Books 1-15

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Tom Gates age range

These books are great for children aged 7+. 

About the author

Liz Pichon trained as a graphic designer and has illustrated several picture books. She based a lot of the stories in the Tom Gates books on funny things that happened to her at school.

Since her childhood, she has loved drawing and started out by copying her favourite comic book characters. You can find out a lot more about Liz Pichon on her website which also provides updates on new Tom Gates books.

New book by Liz Pichon – Shoe Wars!

Liz Pichon has recently released a new book, Shoe Wars. The footastic book features lots of shoe puns! It was released in October 2020.
Order Shoe Wars now!

Love Tom Gates? Get the t-shirt!

Liz Pichon has also designed a funky and fun Tom Gates t-shirt that fans will love. Check it out here.

What books make your kids laugh out loud?!

We are always on the lookout for recommendations and love to hear from other children and families. What are your family’s favourite reads and what books made your kids laugh? Please mention your reading recommendations in the comments. And why not contact us directly if you would like to write a full review?

If you liked this…

If you like the sound of these books and want to find out more, why not check out our full review of Book 12 of the series, Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures here.

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Angela is the kind of parent who wants to discuss the latest hero movie or middle-grade book series on the school run. She grew up on the Lord of the Rings books and has a background in education & publishing. She believes all children & young people can enjoy wonderful story-telling and loves sharing ideas with others.