Authors and Illustrators


Shirin Adl was born in the UK and brought up in Iran. A graduate and prizewinner in Illustration at Loughborough University, she has illustrated many books, often with a Middle Eastern theme or setting. She lives in Oxford.

Tim Archbold is well-known for his quirky and original drawing style. He studied Graphic Design at Exeter College of Art (BA Hons) and speedily made his name as an illustrator of books for children. He lives in Northumberland. Website:

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.

Hannah Asen is a British freelance illustrator. She is currently based in Berlin.

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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.

Author of many information books, including the bestselling The Story of Life, Catherine has a special talent for books on "big issues for small people". She studied Ecology at Leeds University and worked as a campaigner for Greenpeace. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Barroux was born in Paris and grew up in North Africa. After studying at the Ecole Etienne and Ecole Boule he has worked in France, Canada and the USA and has an international reputation for his children's book illustrations.


The brilliant illustrator of Hello: A Counting Book of Kindnesses

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.

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.

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. 

Ed Boxall's website is well worth a visit for everyone with an interest in home schooling and keeping children interested (and informed) while having to remain inside.


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. Keep up with Sita on her website

Photo credit Martin Levenson

Judy Brown, writer and illustrator

Judy Brown's first picture books for under-5s depict the experiences of Bruno and Bella as they try out new activities and find out what they can (and can't) do.

Hilarious adventures of two engaging young rabbits: perfect for preschoolers

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.

See Francesca's video on illustrating Is It a Mermaid on

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Francesca lives in Italy.

A co-founder of The Company of Storytellers, Sally Pomme Clayton has been at the forefront of the revival of live storytelling for children. 

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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. He first dreamt of writing a book when he was five years old. In 2020 he added The Magic of Mums to his published books. Justin Coe lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. His website is

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.

Sharmila Collins is a dedicated campaigner for those who suffer from epidermolysis bullosa, and her royalties from Binky's Time to Fly go to her charity, which funds research into a cure.

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.

Paul joins the Otter-Barry poetry list with a high-energy collection of poems based on comic and absurd situations and people – just what children like. And they come with helpful hints for interaction, including keeping very quiet …

Paul's website is

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

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.

Jude Daly, author and illustrator

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

Niki Daly, author and illustrator

Niki Daly has written and illustrated our much-praised 'Lolo' story collections for early readers. 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

Emma gained first-class Honours BA and MA in illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University and has written numerous books for younger children. Her current project is a companion book to The Wonderful World of Clothes, on the vital topic of Food. Emma lives in Melbourne, Australia.


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."

Elys is a multi-award winner, including the 2019 STEAM Prize (Best Early Years Book) for How the Borks Became (see also Jonathan Emmett), and the Lollies Prize 2018 for Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory. As well as practising illustration, she teaches it at the Cambridge School of Art.

She lives in Cambridgeshire.

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An 'Adventure in Evolution'

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

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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicester and studied architecture at Nottingham University. He has written over 60 books for children. Jonathan lives in Nottingham. He has a special video show on How the Borks Became, the book that explains the concept of evolution by natural selection in a way that children see instantly and helps even grown-ups to understand. His vibrant website is full of fun and information:

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.

Fiona French, author and artist

A collector's piece as an art book, Wild Wolf also tells a powerful story, inspired by an American First Nation legend. "… extraordinarily beautiful … There are times when it's a real privilege to review a book, when they are so beautifully conceived and presented that they take your breath away. This is one of those books." The Letterpress Project

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. See

Matt trained as a primary school teacher and still works part-time in schools in addition to his highly popular, high-energy performances and workshops. He is particularly concerned to write verse for children in a way which effortlessly combines learning, confidence and entertainment for young readers. He lives in Manchester.

Matt's website is

Candy was born in Davao City in the Philippines and was a campaigning journalist before becoming a children's writer. As readers of Is It a Mermaid? will know (or discover) the Filipino landscape and beaches, and the experiences of Filipino children, are a strong source of inspiration for her. She now lives in the UK. You can keep up with Candy's life and effervescent thoughts on

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

Piet Grobler is a South African illustrator and teacher of illustrators, Visiting Professor of Illustration at Worcester University. He is also the co-founder of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society and has acted as jury member in the BIB competition (Slovakia), the NAMI concours (South Korea) and the Chen Bochui Children's Book Award (China). He has illustrated 86 books, of which 7 were written by himself. His awards include The South African Katrine Harries Award (three times); a Golden Apple at the Biennale for Illustration in Bratislava, Slovakia; two silver medals in the NOMA concours, Japan;  the Children's Africana Book Award (USA) and the Octagone de Chêne, France

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. 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. 

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, was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Children’s Book Awards 2012. 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.

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. On the O-BB list she has Lost and Found: Parables Jesus Told, and Walking on Water: Miracles Jesus Worked; and Pirate Baby. 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.

Petr Horàček was born in Prague and studied at the Academy of Fine Art before moving to England. He has won a string of international prizes and distinctions. The Last Tiger is a powerful fable on the subject of freedom.

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.

Hollis is a poet and a children’s writer. Her début picture book, ’Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses’ was illustrated by Barroux and will be published in eight countries in 2020, with an endorsement by Amnesty International.  In addition to her writing, she is member of the Supervisory Boards of Save the Children NL and the Fulbright Commission NL; founder of the Human Rights Watch NL Committee and member of HRW Women’s Rights Global Advisory Council; and Chairperson of the Ivy Circle Netherlands. She was born in New York and lives in Amsterdam.

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.

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 Beep-Beep, published in summer 2020, a wonderful assortment of motors. Max lives in Abergavenny, Wales.