Naomi Howarth

A designer as well as a gifted illustrator, Naomi is a graduate of the London College of Fashion and has her own line of homeware products. She lives in London.

Naomi's story 'The Crow's Tale' was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015 and she has twice been nominated for the CILP Kate Greenaway Medal.

Sarah Arnold is a London-based illustrator who studied fine art at Goldsmith's College followed by an MA in Illustration at Brighton College of Art. She now illustrates children's and educational books, greetings cards and book covers. Her previous books include I Told You So and Ugh! Eggs! for Child's Play.

How Rude!

Funniest baby book ever?

Ros Asquith is a world-famous illustrator and cartoonist, as well as being a writer and poet. She has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people including the bestselling Teenage Worrier series. Ros lives in London.

Gripping graphic novels of powerful realism and an entertaining fantasy

Helen Bate is an exciting and versatile children's writer and illustrator. Her picture book ABC UK by James Dunn was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. In her early life Helen studied architecture and spent ten years working as an architect. Following a career change she went on to obtain a 1st Class degree in Children's Illustration. By 2014 she was the winner of the People's Book Prize, Best Achievement Award, for her innovative work with Pictures to Share C.I.C, a Social Enterprise publishing illustrated books for people with dementia. Helen lives in Shropshire.

classic picture story about losing a father and gaining a dad

Caroline Binch is the distinguished illustrator of Amazing Grace, Grace and Family and Starring Grace. She won the Smarties Prize for Hue Boy, with Rita Phillips Mitchell, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award for Gregory Cool, while Since Dad Left won the UKLA Award. Caroline’s other ground-breaking books include Christy’s Dream, Silver Shoes, Down by the River and Road Horse. She lives in Cornwall. www.carolinebinch.co.uk

Paul Bommer is an illustrator, printmaker and graphic designer. His many international clients include the Guardian, Harrods and Virgin, and he exhibits his work across the UK. 

"One of the most interesting and important voices in children's books today"

Sita Brahmachari is the highly acclaimed author of Artichoke Hearts which won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011, was chosen for The Book Trust's Booked Up scheme, nominated for the Carnegie Prize 2012 and also included in the Guardian's top 50 diverse books. Her second novel Jasmine Skies was nominated for the Carnegie Prize 2013 . Kite Spirit has been recorded in audio form by actress Juliet Stevenson and was nominated for the UKLA Book Award, and Red Leaves was chosen as one of Book Trust's top reads in 2015 and endorsed by Amnesty International. Sita Brahmachari lives in London. Photo credit Martin Levenson

Fantastic poems for young children

James Carter is a prize-winning poet, guitarist and educational writer. He travels all over the UK to give poetry performances and workshops, and is the author of many best-selling poetry books including Hey Little Bug! and I'm a Little Alien. James lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. www.jamescarterpoet.co.uk

Poems to salute fathers

Justin Coe is a performance poet on a mission to reconnect people with poetry and poetry with people.  A regular and popular performer in schools, theatres and community settings, he has entertained everywhere from Sheppey to Shanghai and from the Savoy Hotel to street corners, steam trains and a sitting-room made entirely out of newspaper. In the last decade, since relocating to Southend and becoming a father, he has also written and performed seven spoken word theatre shows for young people. His most recent show Big Wow Small Wonder (about the joys of being the smallest boy in school) is produced by Half Moon Theatre in east London and continues to tour to venues nationally. He first dreamt of writing a book when he was five years old. Justin Coe lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

insightful and compassionate story one the theme of dementia

Christopher Corr is an author and illustrator whose many books have won him international acclaim. He studied at the Royal College of Art and now lives and works in London as an artist and tutor at Goldsmith’s University. His most recent books include Deep in the Woods and All the Year Round. Christopher Corr lives in London.

Brilliant poems about growing up the big city

Joseph Coelho, poet and playwright, is a leading figure in performance poetry. His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. Joseph has been a guest poet on Radio 4’s Front Row and performed poems for Channel 4 and CBeebies Radio. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules won the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award 2015. Joseph lives in Folkestone, Kent. www.thepoetryofjosephcoelho.com/

fantastic pictures illustrate poems for young children

Nicola Colton is an Irish illustrator living in Bristol .Her style is whimsical with an emphasis on colour and she likes to create characters full of warmth, humour and playfulness. She is passionate about children's illustration and her first picture book was awarded a White Raven by the International Youth Library and won the Literacy Association Ireland book Award. www.nicolacolton.com

The perfect "Good Night" book for young children

Pippa Curnick is a talented young illustrator, winner of the Seven Stories Illustration Competition in 2012. She has worked as a designer for Alison Green Books and is now a freelance designer and illustrator. She enjoys using hand drawn textures and typography and her work is greatly inspired by nature. www.pippacurnick.com

Traditional animal story

Jude Daly has illustrated over 20 books, a few of which she also wrote.    She has been awarded the Katrine Harries Award (SA) for Illustration twice, a silver and a gold Parent’s Choice Award (USA) and more recently Thank You Jackson, written by Niki Daly (Frances Lincoln) was named by IBBY (US) as one of their outstanding international books for 2016. Born in London, Jude Daly now lives with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, in the coastal village of Kleinmond, South Africa

Author of the delightful 'Lolo' first readers

Niki Daly has written and illustrated our 'Lolo' story collections for early readers, with two titles published in 2018 and more to come. Over the years he has won many awards for his work. His groundbreaking Not So Fast Songololo, winner of a US Parent’s Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children’s books. Among his many books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children’s Africana Book Awards and Jamela’s Dress was chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children’s Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000 - it also won both the Children’s Literature Choice Award and the Parents' Choice Silver Award. Niki lives with his wife, the author and illustrator Jude Daly, in South Africa. Link up with Niki on Facebook LOLO-112943040057477/?modal=admin_todo_tour, or on twitter at twitter.com/DalyNiki.

Nandana Dev Sen is an award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at USC, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a short film maker, a poetry translator, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Nandana grew up in India, England, and America, and has acted in over 20 feature films from all three continents. As an ambassador and advocate, Nandana works closely with children (and grown-ups) at Operation Smile, RAHI (India's first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse), and UNICEF, to promote child protection and to fight against child abuse. Kangaroo Kisses is her debut children's book in the UK. Nandana lives in New York, Kolkata, and London, and has been quoted to say that she loves to "eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue."

John Dougherty is a Northern Irish writer who now lives in Gloucestershire. He worked as a primary school teacher until 2004, when he became a full-time author. His first book, Zeus on the Loose, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and he is the author of the hugely popular Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face books for primary-age children. John is former chair of the UK Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors

Jesse Hodgson graduated in 2012 with a First class BA (Hons) in Illustration from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her first picture book, Pongo, which was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Children’s Book Awards 2012, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2013 and has since been published in Germany and Korea. Jesse lives and works in Bristol as an illustrator and music teacher. She makes her images using colouring pencils and also works with inks and print.

Sarah Dyer graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration in 2001. Her first book Five Little Fiends won the Bronze Smarties Prize. Since then she has written and illustrated eight more picture books with publishers Bloomsbury, Frances Lincoln and Otter-Barry Books. In between writing and illustrating Sarah visits festivals and schools to carry out events and workshops and is a visiting lecturer on the Foundation and Illustration BA Courses  at Kingston University. She lives in Hove with her husband and two sons.

Joyce Dunbar is famous for her lively and quirky picture books with a wide emotional range, all of which revel in the joy of language and the playfulness of words. Her classic Mouse and Mole series have been recorded as audio books by Alan Bennett. Joyce Dunbar has written more than eighty books, translated into twenty languages worldwide. She lives in Norwich. www.joycedunbar.com

Polly Dunbar is the internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and the Tilly books. She has also illustrated several bestselling picture books with Margaret Mahy, the iconic New Zealand author, including Bubble Trouble, Down the Back of the Chair and The Man from the Land of Fandango. She lives in Brighton with her partner and their son. www.pollydunbar.com

Michael Foreman has illustrated over 100 books by authors such as William Shakespeare, JM Barrie, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, as well as writing and illustrating many of his own books. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, and has twice been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. His books include War Boy, War Game, Mia’s Story, One World and Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish as well as many classic story collections with Michael Morpurgo. Michael Foreman lives in London and Cornwall.

Brita Granström's illustrations have won such top awards as the Smarties/Nestlé Silver Award, and the English Association Picture Book Award (no less than five times) and she has been twice shortlisted for the ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award). Her most recent book, with her husband Mick Manning, is The History of Prehistory.  Brita’s memories of working as a volunteer for a flying doctor in Africa help to give authenticity as well as humour to her illustrations in the Flying Flamingos series. Brita Granström lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Photo credit Diana Pappas

Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in south London. She worked as an artist and teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She has been shortlisted twice for the CLPE Poetry Award, her poems have been animated for CBeebies and included in many anthologies. She visits schools, libraries and book festivals across the UK. Chrissie won the Belmont Poetry Prize for children’s poems in 2002, and her first three children’s poetry collections were all Poetry Book Society Choices. Her book Stars in Jars was a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation for 2014. 

Philip Gross is a multi-award-winning poet, writing for both children and adults. In 2009 his collection The Water Table won the T.S. Eliot Prize, in 2010 I Spy Pinhole Eye was Wales English-language Book of the Year, and his children’s collection, Off Road to Everywhere, was awarded the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Prize in 2011. He visits schools across the UK, working with teachers and leading writing workshops. He has taught creative writing at Bath Spa University, and from 2004 to 2017 he was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. He lives in Penarth.

Sue Hardy-Dawson is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, and has been widely published in children’s poetry anthologies. Before becoming a poet she had worked with children for over twenty years. In 2014 she was highly commended for the Manchester Writing for Children Prize. She has an Open First Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing, Literature and Supporting Teaching and Learning. When not writing or drawing she likes to visit schools and also been commissioned to provide workshops for the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts. She is dyslexic and takes a special interest in encouraging reluctant readers and writers. 

Mary Hoffman has written over 100 titles for children that range from picture books to teenage novels. Amazing Grace, illustrated by Caroline Binch, was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has, together with its sequels, sold over 1.5 million copies. Her Great Big Book of Families, illustrated by Ros Asquith, won the inaugural SLA Information Books Award. Mary Hoffman lives in Oxfordshire.

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the southern tip of Africa and was an art and ceramics teacher. She lives in central London with her family nearby. Journeys to faraway places like China, Siberia and Senegal often inspire the thread of her stories and her shelves overflow with notebooks, maps and scraps of paper. Her picture books are translated into many languages. The Magic Bojabi Tree, illustrated by Piet Grobler, was nominated for the 2014 Kate Greenaway Award and Zeraffa Giraffa, illustrated by Jane Ray, was chosen by the Sunday Times for the Top 100 Children’s Classics List.  www.diannehofmeyr.com

Frané Lessac is an award winning American artist who has exhibited her paintings in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. From film school in California she went on to live on the Caribbean island of Montserrat where she began her career as an author and painter. She loves to travel and create books based on her journeys. Frané has published more than forty children’s books and has won many international awards including the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. She joined the National Year of Reading initiative as a State Ambassador in 2012 and a Room to Read Ambassador in 2014. She currently lives in Fremantle, Australia.

Karin Littlewood has illustrated over forty children’s books, and her work has been nominated three times for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She regularly gives illustration workshops at festivals, schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK. Her books include the classic picture book The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman, which was chosen as one of the top fifty titles celebrating cultural diversity; Moonshadow, with Gillian Lobel; When Dad Was Away, with Liz Weir and Star Girl, which she wrote and illustrated. Karin lives in North London. www.karinlittlewood.com

Max Low aims High

Max Low graduated from Hereford Art College in 2017 and has been busy illustrating ever since. My Friends is his first larger-format picture book and its distinctive style and quirky charm have won it widespread praise. Max's next for Otter-Barry Books will be published in summer 2020, and its subject will be motors. Max lives in Abergavenny, Wales.

My Friends

Specializing in lyrical non-fiction picture books, Mick Manning and Brita Granström have perfected their unique approach to children's books over 24 years. They have written and illustrated over 60 books and have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Award, the English Association Award and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. Their previous books, published internationally and in many languages, include the award-winning 'Fly on the Wall' series, Tail-End Charlie, What Mr Darwin Saw, Charles Dickens: An Extraordinary Life, Nature Adventures, Wild Adventures, The Beatles and William Shakespeare. Most recently they have published Books! Books! Books! and now The History of Prehistory. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders.

Kate Milner studied illustration at Central St Martin's, and is an MA student in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin. Her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions.

Tom Morgan-Jones is an award-winning illustrator based in Cambridge. His work is widely exhibited and internationally published, from children’s books and magazines to satirical board games. His books for children include Mangy Mummies and Gory Gladiators in the Awfully Ancient series, five titles in the Short Sharp Shakespeare series and The Unlikely Outlaws by Philip Ardagh.

Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire. Follow Jackie on her blog: www.jackiemorris.co.uk

Brian Moses is one of Britain’s favourite children’s poets and he is featured on the National Poetry Archive. He has written more than 200 books and has sold over 1 million of his poetry books and anthologies. He began writing poems when he realised he would never be a rock star! ‘I put the guitar to one side, but the songs carried on and became poems’. He has now performed his poetry and percussion show in over three thousand schools across the UK and Europe. His poetry books include Behind the Staffroom Door: The Very Best of Brian Moses, A Cat Called Elvis and The Monster Sale. He lives in Burwash, East Sussex. Brian blogs regularly about his work: brian-moses.blogspot.com. www.brianmoses.co.uk

Jane Porter  is an exciting new illustrator and writer. In addition to her picture book work, she does illustration commissions for organisations such as London Zoo, The National Trust, the V&A and Kensington Palace amongst others. Jane uses pen and ink, cut paper and collage to make images that reflect her love of animals and sense of humour. Her baby book This Rabbit, That Rabbit was chosen by Book Trust to be given to all new babies born in 2015. Jane also runs creative workshops for children, and school art projects. When she is not working she can be found out on the river Thames in a coracle, skiff or punt looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails. Jane lives and works in London.

Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist. Best known as an illustrator and author of picture books for children, her work has attracted enormous attention around the world. She has been shortlisted five times for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Among her many highly acclaimed titles include Ahmed and the Feather GirlGreek Myths: Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea and Zeraffa Giraffa. Jane Ray lives in London.

Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-17, is internationally renowned both as artist and author. His awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal (2002, 2004), the Costa Children's Book Award (2013), and the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration (2015). He is currently president of the School Library Association. His bestselling books include the Goth Girl series, the Coraline series, The Sleeper and the Spindle with Neil Gaiman and A Great Big Cuddle with Michael Rosen. He lives in Brighton, UK.

Juliet Rix is an award-winning freelance writer and broadcaster who has worked for BBC television and radio, newspapers, magazines and websites. She is the author of two books for adults and is a contributor to the Guardian Rainy Day Book. She has travelled in over 50 countries on all seven continents. Her first children’s book, A-maze-ing Minotaur was published by Frances Lincoln. Juliet Rix lives in North London.

Rachel Rooney worked as a teacher of special needs children while also bringing up her three sons. She is much in demand for school workshops, and for performances of her work at festivals. Her first poetry collection, The Language of Cat, was published in 2011 and won the CLPE prize, followed by My Life as a Goldfish in 2014. A Kid in My Class was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Children's Poetry Prize in 2019. Rachel lives in Brighton.

Jessica Souhami is an acclaimed artist and storyteller whose artwork is

inspired by the shadow puppet shows she created and took on tour earlier

in her career. She has an international following for her retellings of

traditional tales from around the world. Among her many books are The

Leopard’s Drum, Sausages, Foxy!, and Honk, Honk! Hold Tight! Most recently she has published Please, Mr Magic Fish and Gerald the Lion

Jessica is a stalwart contributor to The Children’s Bookshow and patron

of the Love My Books website. She lives in North London.

Please, Mr Magic Fish

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer, based in London. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths and epics. Chitra has written over 20 books for children and many of her stories are set in India. She regularly goes into schools to tell stories and conduct workshops. You can find out more at www.chitrasoundar.com.

Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers and together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over three million books and is now available in over thirty languages worldwide. Together they also created the Far-Flung Adventure series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner; Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, both Silver Nestlé Prize Winners. Paul travelled for many years and lived in Germany and Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language, before returning to England and subsequently becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Brighton. 

George Szirtes arrived in the UK as a child refugee from Hungary in 1956 and has become one of the country's most distinguished poets. He has won a variety of prizes for his work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection Reel and the 2013 CLPE Prize for his children’s collection: In the Land of the Giants. His translations from Hungarian poetry, fiction and drama have also won numerous awards including the translators' prize in the Man Booker International. George Szirtes lives in Wymondham, Norfolk. 

Carol Thompson is the illustrator and in some cases author/illustrator of more than sixty books that have been translated into over twenty languages.  She has had many award-winning books, including Mommy, Mama and Me, and Daddy, Papa and Me, which were both winners of the Stonewall Honour Picture Book Award, and Thunderboomer, which was a 2010 American Library Association Notable Book, Smithsonian Museum Notable Books for Children and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. One.Two.Three, Jump! was included in the Guardian top 10 most inclusive books for children. Underlying Carol's work is a belief in the power of picture books and stories to show a child that there is 'someone else like me!' Carol is an IBBY UK committee member, has three sons and lives in Leicestershire.

Steve Wells is a designer and illustrator. He has designed over 200 book covers and his spontaneous and scratchy illustrations have appeared in more than a dozen books and have been published around the world. He lives in Bath with his wife and three children, one cat and a lizard. Follow Steve on Instagram: @stevewellsdesign and at stevewellsdesign.com

Bee Willey was born in central London but later moved to France where she spent most of her childhood. She travelled around the world at the age of 6, stopping off to draw even then. She has illustrated many fiction covers and picture books for children including the acclaimed Edward Lear’s Nonsense Rhymes and The Wooden Dragon. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award for her stunning illustrations for Bob Robber and Dancing Jane by Andrew Matthews. She draws, paints and uses mixed media and collage in many of her works to build up atmosphere around the characters. She teaches on the Illustration Degree course in Norwich University of the Arts.