Ronald Gordon King-Smith OBE (born 27 March 1922, Bitton, Gloucestershire) better known by his pen name Dick King-Smith, is a prolific English children's author, best known for writing The Sheep-Pig, retitled in the United States as Babe the Gallant Pig, upon which the movie Babe was based. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.
He was a soldier in World War II and a farmer for 20 years before he became a teacher and author. King-Smith's first book was The Fox Busters, published in 1978. He is one of the UK's most prolific authors and has written over a hundred books, which have been translated into twelve languages. He now lives in Queen Charlton, a small farming village near Bristol, and contributes to this cherished landscape through his work as the vice-president of the Avon Wildlife Trust. He married his first wife, Myrle, in 1943. They had 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Myrle died in 2000, and King-Smith subsequently married Zona, a family friend.