Allan Ahlberg had many other jobs before he achieved his ambition of becoming a writer. Allan created award-winning picture books such as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman, both of which were winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books with his late wife Janet Ahlberg.
Peepo! Peepo!, one of Allan’s famous children’s books was set in wartime, which made the publisher very nervous. There was a concern that little children would not make sense of things such as barrage balloons that were in the illustrations but not in the story.
Alice Alfonsi, aka Cleo Coyle, collaborated with her husband Marc Cerasini in writing the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. This series of cozy mysteries is set in and around a fictional coffeehouse in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alice Alfonsi worked as a journalist and book author in New York. She was the ghostwriter for Hidden Passions, a novel based on the off-beat, then-NBC soap opera Passions.
Althea started by writing and illustrating fiction, mainly animal stories. When her son was born, she realised there was a lack of factual books for young children. However, this was in the early seventies, and much has changed since then.
Some of her books are written to explain new or difficult situations to children. The books were researched with children as well as experts, but written from the children's point of view. Books written by Althea include Feeling Sad, Feeling Scared, Desmond the Dinosaur and Telling the Truth.
Heather Amery is a published adapter, author, compiler, editor and narrator of children's books. Some of Heather Amery published credits include First Hundred Words in Chinese: Internet Linked (First Hundred Words), First Hundred Words Coloring Book (First Hundred Words), Wind-up Train Book (Wind-Up Books), and First Thousand Words in Polish.
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. His most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl" and "Thumbelina".
Hans Christian Andersen's initial attempts at writing fairy tales were revisions of stories that he heard as a child. These collections broke new ground in both style and content. A real innovator in his method of telling tales, Hans Christian Andersen used the idioms and constructions of the spoken language, thus breaking with literary tradition. He combined his natural storytelling abilities and great imaginative power with universal elements of folk legend to produce a body of fairy tales that relates to many cultures.
Nicola Baxter is an English children’s writer. She has rewritten many fairy tales. She also has written some non-fiction books.
Nicola Baxter has written or compiled over three hundred titles. She has developed ideas for a variety of international publishers and particularly enjoys the marriage of words and pictures that books entail. Geoff Ball's vibrant, colourful illustrations bring the delightful characters in these books to life.
David Bedford is an acclaimed author of over 70 books for children. He also has an international reputation as a speaker, creative writing tutor and nurturer of children's reading.
David Bedford's best-selling children's books include the Big Bear, Little Bear, Mole's In Love and Roo the Roaring Dinosaur. David's books have been translated in more than 35 countries around the world, from Iceland to Australia, Brazil to Thailand.
David Bedford regularly visits schools to motivate children to read, and teach story-writing techniques to children and adults (usually teachers).
A.H. Benjamin has been a children's writer since the mid-eighties with more than 30 titles to his credit. He has been published by Andersen Press, Oxford University Press, Little Tiger Press, Franklin Watts, Q.E.D and many other big publishing houses. His books are very popular in schools and libraries and have been translated into 22 languages including Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Greek and Arabic. Some of his work has been adapted for radio, television and theatre.
Adam Blade was fascinated by the ancient sword and shield that hung in his father’s office. He grew up surrounded by his father’s paintings of historic English battles – which left a lifelong mark on his imagination. Adam’s father said they were a Blade family heirloom. The Beast Quest and Sea Quest series are most of Blade’s famous writing. Due to the high popularity, there are around 78 books of Beast Quest series that had been published by the middle of 2013.
Anthony Edward Tudor Browne is a British writer and illustrator of children’s books, primarily picture books, with fifty titles to his name. Browne’s debut book both as a writer and illustrator was Through the Magic Mirror in 1976.
A Walk in the Park in the following year gained a cult following and Bear Hunt was more successful commercially. Gorilla has become his breakthrough, published by Julia MacRae in 1983, based on his greeting cards. He was a highly commended runner-up for an edition of Alice in Wonderland and he won the 1992 Medal for Zoo. Gorillas are frequently featured in Browne’s books as he is said to be fascinated by them.
Nick Butterworth is a British children’s author and illustrator. His creations include several books about Percy the Park Keeper, the first of which was entitled One Snowy Night in 1990. Percy also appeared in his own animated television series.
Nick Butterworth is a founding partner, with his son Ben, of Snapper Productions, producers of the CBeebies animated series Q Pootle 5. He is the executive producer of the series. He became a freelance graphic designer in partnership with fellow long-standing friend and children's writer and illustrator, Mick Inkpen. Their published collaborations include Just Like Jasper, Jasper's Beanstalk, The Sports Day, The Nativity Play and Wonderful Earth.
Enid Blyton (Enid Mary Blyton Pollock Darrell Waters) was one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. She published more than 700 titles and sells over 700,000 children’s books in the UK, annually. Enid Blyton wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery and biblical narratives. Her stories, which include The Famous Five, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers, St Clare’s, The Wishing Chair and Amelia Jane series, remain timeless classics.
Tony Bradman is an English writer of children's books and short speculative fiction. He is best known for the Dilly the Dinosaur book series.
He started reading children’s books to his children, so it was a natural progression for him to review children’s books as well. He began to write his own books soon after that and he hasn’t stopped since. His books cater to children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. Highlights include Dilly The Dinosaur, a series about the world’s naughtiest dinosaur who also appears in Dilly And The Goody Goody, and The Perfect Baby, a picture book Tony wrote for two of his grandchildren.
Lauren Child (born Helen Child) is an English children's author and illustrator. She is known for her book series, such as the Charlie and Lola picture books, the Clarice Bean series and the Ruby Redfort novel series.
Lauren Child introduced Charlie and Lola in 2000 with I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato. She won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year's most "distinguished illustration in a book for children".
Charlie and Lola is a series of picture books by Lauren Child for children aged from two to five years. It is now a children's TV show. Clarice Bean is also a picture book and novel series by Lauren Child that is for children/young teenagers. Lauren Child signed a new six-book deal with HarperCollins for the release of her "Ruby Redfort" series in 2009. Ruby Redfort, undercover agent and mystery solver, is familiar to Lauren's readers as Clarice Bean's favourite literary character.
Elizabeth Lucy Cousins is an English author and illustrator of children’s books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse.
She has also published other children’s books, such as Jazzy in the Jungle and one about Noah’s Ark. Lucy Cousins' work, especially Maisy, is a successful publishing brand with books printed in 27 different languages and over 27 million copies of her books in print.
Lucy finds that illustration comes more easily to her than writing, which tends to work around the drawings.
Julia Donaldson is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She is an excellent linguist. The Gruffalo (1999) was inspired by a Chinese story about a little girl who escapes being eaten by a tiger by claiming to be the formidable Queen of the Jungle.
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot. He went to school in Repton, Derby, Derbyshire, England. Pupils were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Roald Dahl throughout his life, which led to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being born.
Roald Dahl’s books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. He was also the author of Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen and beloved children’s books. Roald Dahl also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, which often blended humour and innocence with surprising plot twists.
William Terence Deary is a British children’s author of over 200 books, selling over 25 million copies in over 40 languages. He is best known as the writer of the Horrible Histories series.
The Horrible Histories series of books is popular among children for their interesting details, vast information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. A cartoon series has been made of the series of books and was shown on CiTV in 2002. The Horrible Histories live-action comedy sketch show has been shown on CBBC since 2009.
Terry Deary retired from writing children's books after 35 years in 2011.
Alan Durant work consists mainly of picture books, teenage thrillers and poetry for children of all ages such as Dear Tooth Fairy and Dear Father Christmas. His first book, the young adult novel Hamlet, Bananas and all that Jazz, was published in 1991. Alan has since written more than 40 more books. A BBC schools programme in the English Express series, featuring Alan and his football stories, won a Children’s BAFTA award. Alan Durant does most of his writing in a shed at the bottom of his garden.
Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. With his brother, Roy, Walt Disney set up another company and sought to find a distributor for his new film – Alice Comedies – based on the adventures of Alice in Wonderland.
In 1933, Disney developed his most successful cartoon of all time The Three Little Pigs. In 1924, Walt Disney began his most ambitious project to date. He wished to make a full-length animated feature film of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Many expected it to be a commercial failure. However, using new techniques of filming, the production was met with glowing reviews.
Anne Fine is an English writer, best known for children's books although she also writes for adults. Anne writes in absolute silence apart from her own curses and mutters. She never lets herself be hurried to finish anything too fast and she believes that is why so many of her books have won prizes in the UK and abroad.
Anne Fine’s novel, Goggle-Eyes (1989), won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and Britain’s most coveted award for children’s literature, the Carnegie Medal. She won the Carnegie Medal again for Flour Babies (1992), which also won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award.
Claire Freedman is the author of over 40 books for young readers. She tried various genres before discovering a passion for children’s books. She is best-known for her award-winning Underpants series, which have sold over 2 million copies to date and has been published in 21 languages.
Author Claire Freedman discovered that she had a knack for writing children's books while attending a local writing group in her native England. She began submitting short works to magazine publishers, and in 2001 graduated to children's books when her first picture-book text appeared in Where's Your Smile, Crocodile? and An Ark Full of Activities.
Many of Claire Freedman's picture books utilize animal characters to tell very human stories. In Where's Your Smile, Crocodile? Freedman leaves Planet Earth altogether in Aliens Love Underpants!, a beginning reader that received the Richard & Judy Book Club Award in 2007.
Vivian June Isoult French is a British writer of picture book texts, novels, plays, and non-fiction for children and young adults. She developed an attachment to words at school and later became an actor, then a storyteller. Vivian French finally became a writer of children's books. She has written The Tiara Club series of chapter books illustrated by Sarah Gibb which have sold more than three million copies. As well as writing storybooks for young children, Vivian French has written plays and poetry. She is the author of more than two hundred books.
Belinda Gallagher is an editor. She’s also a published author of children’s books and young adult books. Some of the published books belonging to Belinda Gallagher include Nursery Treasury: Best-loved Nursery Rhymes, Fairytales and First Poems, Visual Factfinder – Rocks and Fossils (Visual Factfinder), 1000 Facts – Fossils, and Why Why Why Do Clocks Have Hands? (Why Why Why).
Anita Ganeri, the award-winning author of the series Horrible Geography, is an Indian author born in Calcutta, India. Anita’s family immigrated to Europe and she currently resides in West Yorkshire, England with her family. Anita Ganeri has published over 100 books. Her books include the Horrible Geography series, which won the Geographical Association Silver Award.
Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author with over 180 books published and more than 800 features and stories written for adults and children. Books include the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain-mangling Think Again and Eye Benders.
Clive Gifford has written over 80 non-fiction books including Robots, Spies, The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia, and The Kingfisher Book of Living Worlds. His books Cool Technology and Think Again! both won the School Library Association's Information Book Award. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive has travelled through more than 50 countries, interviewed famous scientists and sportspeople, ridden on the back of large robots and parachuted from an aircraft into a cabbage field by mistake.
Sue Graves has been a freelance children's author for many years and written over two hundred books for children. She writes fiction and non-fiction, plays and poetry across the age ranges.
Sue Graves’ notable works include Tiger Has a Tantrum – A Book About Feeling Angry, Money Needs to Listen – A Book About Paying Attention, I Didn’t Do it! A Book About Telling the Truth and Elephant Learns to Share – A Book About Sharing. Most of Sue Graves’ books are about expression and feelings incorporated with animal representation.
Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger Hargreaves, is an English author and illustrator. He taught himself to draw like his father for the first few years. Sketching out endless Mr. Men and creating characters of his own that might complement Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Bump, Mr. Sneeze and Mr. Greedy. After 40 years, the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters remain a cultural phenomenon whose impact extends far beyond the nursery bookshelf.
Roger Hargreaves was an English author and illustrator of children's books. He is perhaps best remembered for the Mr. Men series for very young readers.
Accompanying the Mr. Men series, Roger Hargreaves published a series of Little Miss books with female characters. Each book in the original Mr. Men and Little Miss series introduced a different title character and his/her single dominant personality trait to convey a simple moral lesson.
The first of the Mr. Men characters was apparently created when his son, Adam, asked him what a tickle looked like. Over the course of the 1970s, Roger Hargreaves produced 38 more Mr. Men and a number of other Mr. Men books. Roger Hargreaves died in 1988 and his son Adam took over the franchise.
Eric Gordon Hill was an English author and illustrator of children’s picture books, best known for his puppy character named Spot. He started writing about Spot the playful puppy in 1976 for his little son Christopher. In that first book, Spot was hiding behind little flaps which could be lifted by small children, an innovation which he devised.
The success of his first bestselling lift-the-flap classic Where's Spot? in 1980 convinced him to become a full-time author. Eric Hill’s Spot books have been enjoyed by children around the world ever since, selling over 60 million copies worldwide in over sixty languages.
Roderick James Hunt is a British children’s author. He is famous for the series of the Magic Key, which was first written as a part of the Oxford Reading Tree in 1985 illustrated by Alex Brychta. The Magic Key books are used by over 80% of British primary schools to help children learn to read as well as schools in more than 120 other countries. In addition to The Magic Key, Roderick Hunt is also the author of the Read at Home and Wolf Hill series of stories, as well as many others.
Mick Inkpen is an English author and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for his creation Kipper the Dog and Wibbly Pig. Mick Inkpen has won numerous awards worldwide including:
Ronald Gordon King-Smith was a prolific English writer of children's books, primarily using the pen name Dick King-Smith. His most famous book, The Sheep Pig, was turned into the film Babe. Once he started writing books for children, Dick found it hard to stop. Dick King-Smith has written over one hundred children’s books and at one point he was writing about eight every year. He wrote all of his first drafts in pen before typing them up on an old typewriter.
An English writer credited with more than 90 books for children and young adults. Allan Frewin Jones first book, The Mole and Beverly Miller was published in 1987 by Hodder Books. Since then, he has published children's and young adult books and stories in multiple genres, including fantasy, romance, and speculative fiction. Jones is a prolific author of novel series for young people. He was commissioned to write the first book of The Mystery Club series (published as written by non-existent author Fiona Kelly), after which he was given his own series, including The Hunter and Moon books, Dark Paths, the Little Sister books (As A F Jones), Talisman, Special Agents (under the pen name Sam Hutton), and the six-volume fantasy series The Faerie Path and Warrior Princess (both as Frewin Jones).
Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema.
C.S. Lewis also wrote several popular novels including the science fiction Space Trilogy for adults and the Narnia fantasies for children. Most deal implicitly with Christian themes such as sin, humanity's fall from grace and redemption. The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children and is considered a classic of children's literature. Written between 1949 and 1954, and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the series is C.S. Lewis's most popular work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages.
Claire Llewellyn has contributed to numerous book series enriching the knowledge of children in the United States and England and a prolific author of juvenile nonfiction. One of Claire Llewellyn's first books, My First Book of Time, was highly praised by reviewers for its enthusiastic and clear explanation of time zones, seasons, fractions and the history of timepieces.
Claire Llewellyn is a prize-winning author of non-fiction for young readers. In 1991, she was shortlisted for the prestigious TES Junior Information Book Award for Take One: Rubbish; in 1992, she won that award for My First Book of Time.
Other nonfiction books by Claire Llewellyn include The Big Book of Mummies: All about Preserved Bodies from Long Ago, Our Planet Earth, and Some Plants Grow in Midair: And Other Amazing Facts about Rainforests.
Alan MacDonald is the author of a number of books including Triffic Chocolate, the popular Dirty Bertie series. He started his working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country and writing much of their material. Alan later trained as a drama teacher at Nottingham University, but most of his work in connection with the theatre has been as a writer or director. The Sign of the Angel, Beware of the Bears and Pig in a Wig were also written by him.
Ann Matthews Martin is an American children's fiction writer. She is known best for The Baby-Sitters Club series. The Baby-Sitters Club series is about a group of friends who live in the fictional, suburban town of Stoneybrook and run a local babysitting service.
Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series has over 176 million copies in print worldwide and inspired a generation of young readers. Ann M. Martin finds the ideas for her books from many different sources: some are based on personal experiences while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many books cover contemporary problems and struggles. All of her characters, including the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people.
The four writers of the Rainbow Magic children’s series: Narinder Dhami, Sue Bently, Linda Chapman and Sue Mongredien decided on the pseudonym, Daisy Meadows. The Rainbow Magic series, targeting an audience of 6 to 8-year-old girls, recounts the adventures of best friends Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker as they meet numerous Rainbow Magic fairies. Each of the Rainbow Magic fairies comes with their own special talent. In each book, Kirsty and Rachel must come to the assistance of the titular fairy as the magical being finds herself at odds with Jack Frost and his mischievous goblins who are always looking to disrupt the fairies' (and the girls') fun.
Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) was an English humorist and the originator of the popular stories of Christopher Robin and his toy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. He also wrote various children’s poems. A.A. Milne and his wife Dorothy named their son Christopher Robin in 1920. In 1925, Gallery of Children was published. This collection of short stories included some stories that became part of the Winnie-the-Pooh books.
The Winnie-the-Pooh books were inspired by Milne's son Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals. The name Winnie came from a black bear named Winnipeg who was a military mascot during World War I and later a resident of London Zoo. The name Pooh may have been added to 'Winnie' because the original bear smelled of … well you guessed it.
The book, “Winnie-The-Pooh”, was published in 1926, followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. A second collection of nursery rhymes, “Now We Are Six”, was published in 1927. The last book of the full Winnie-The-Pooh set was “When We Were Very Young”.
Sadly, A.A. Milne stopped writing children’s books once they became successful. He resented the fame his son was exposed to and later became estranged from him. Christopher Robin believed his father exploited his childhood at his expense.
Tony Mitton has written many wonderful books for children including Dinosaurumpus!, Down by the Cool of the Pool, Spooky Hour, Farmer Joe and the Music Show, and All Afloat on Noah’s Boat.
He divides his time between teaching and writing children's books. It was not until he was 40 that he began writing for children in earnest and it was in his late forties that Mitton gave up teaching altogether to concentrate full time on his writing.
Clement C. Moore was an American author. During his lifetime Moore wrote on a variety of subjects. Although most famous for Twas the Night Before Christmas, he also wrote other poetry, which was published in the Portfolio and similar periodicals.
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first published anonymously in the Troy (New York) Sentinel on December 23, 1823. Clement C. Moore took credit for the work in 1844 after it appeared in his collection Poems. He claimed that he had written it to amuse his children for Christmas in 1822 and that, unknown to him, it had been copied and given to the Sentinel.
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has sold more than 35 million books around the world. Morpurgo is noted for his magical storytelling, for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider, survival and characters' relationships with nature. He is also known for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I.
Michael Morpurgo’s most popular books include:
He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.
Amanda O’Neill has written books on a wide range of subjects and wrote both I Wonder Why Spider Spin Webs, and Cats. She has worked in education since 1976. Amanda has also been a freelance writer and editor since 1986. The I Wonder Why book series by multiple authors aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions by children with topics including Science, Biography, Geography and History.
Aleksandr Orlov is a businessman, website creator, movie mogul, boss of Sergei and now a successful author. He comes from a long line of courageous meerkats originally from the Kalahari region. He is well known for A Simple Life. Aleksandr Orlov has become one of the most loved figures in British culture and his catchphrase - Simples! - can be heard from the playground to the office.
Steve Parker is a British science writer of children's and adult's books. He worked as an exhibition scientist at the Natural History Museum and as editor and managing editor at Dorling Kindersley Publishers. He also held the position of commissioning editor at medical periodical GP, before becoming a freelance writer in the late 1980s.
Steve Parker's writing career began with 10 early titles in Dorling Kindersley's multi-award-winning Eyewitness series. He co-wrote The Complete Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils of the World in 2009.
Beatrix Potter is best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist. She was also a student of the classic fairy tales of Western Europe. Her artistic and literary interests were deeply influenced by fairies, fairy tales and fantasy.
Beatrix Potter’s pets were the fantasies for most of her illustrations. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902, was an immediate success. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester followed and were also popular. Beatrix Potter’s books gained immense popularity, based on the lively quality of her illustrations.
Alison Ritchie was born in County Down in Northern Ireland. When she’s not illustrating children’s books, Alison spends most of her free time chasing her chickens out of the vegetable garden, brushing the cat and walking her dogs in the countryside. Alison Ritchie has published several children’s books. She works as a freelance editor and writer. She lives in a village in Oxfordshire with her two children and dog. Her famous works include Me and My Dad!, Me and My Mom! and Me and My Grandma!
Anthony Lee Ross is a British illustrator and author of children’s picture books. He is famous for the illustrations of the Horrid Henry series.
His talent was acquired as a cartoonist and for many graphic designing jobs before becoming an art director at an advertising agency.
Tony Ross’s first book was published in 1976 and he has also illustrated over 1000 books for authors such as Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, which are published all over the world.
His series of books written with Jeanne Willis featuring the extraterrestrial teacher, Dr Xargle, has established a huge following of fans.
Angela Royston is interested in science as it helps her understand the world. Since Angela enjoys discovering new things, most of her writing is categorised as non-fiction books for primary and middle school children. Her children’s books include topics on the environment, animals and the human body as well as inventions and space travel. Angela Royston writes about these topics in a way that is both clear and accurate. Her books convey her own excitement and interest.
Francesca Simon has written over fifty books for children of all ages. She is one of the nation’s most popular authors. Francesca Simon was encouraged to start writing by reading so many books to her son Joshua. Many of Francesca’s stories have been inspired by real-life situations.
Horrid Henry, one of Francesca’s most successful and irrepressible creations, first appeared in 1994. Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe and his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Francesca Simon has been actively involved with many literacy charities and initiatives including Beanstalk, The Reading Agency, BookTrust’s Children’s Reading Fund and Storybook Dads and is a former trustee of World Book Day.
Ali Sparkes is a British children’s author. She is a journalist and BBC broadcaster who regularly exploits her sons, as an in-house focus group for her children’s novels. She was a local newspaper reporter and columnist before joining BBC Radio Solent as a producer and presenter. She grew up adoring adventure stories about kids who mess about in the woods and still likes to mess about in the woods herself whenever possible. Ali’s stories capture the imagination of children everywhere, and her novel Frozen in Time won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010.
Joan Stimson is a published adapter and an author of children’s books. Some of Joan Stimson’s published credits include Jake’s Cake (Reading Corner), Dan’s Gran’s Goat (Leapfrog), You’d Better Ask Basil!, and Big Panda, Little Panda.
Jeremy Strong is an English writer credited with over 100 children’s books. He began his writing career by publishing his first book, Smith's Tail, a picture story for young children in 1978.
Jeremy Strong’s story, There's A Viking In My Bed, was made into a BBC children's TV series. All of his books are humorous, and about real-life situations with a surreal edge.
My Mum's Going to Explode (2001) is a tale of what happens when Nicholas' mother suddenly announces she is pregnant. Krazy Kow Saves the World - Well, Almost (2002) was named one of the 50 best children's books of the Year by the Federation of Children's Book Groups in 2003, the same honour being awarded to I'm Telling You, They're Aliens (2000) in 2001.
Born as Alice Jane Taylor, Alison Uttley, was an English writer of over 100 books. She is particularly known for a children’s series about a Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig. She began writing to support herself and her son financially after she was widowed. Her first books were a series of tales about animals, including Little Grey Rabbit, the Little Red Fox, Sam Pig and Hare.
Martin Waddell is an Irish writer of children’s books. He is known best for the texts of picture books that feature anthropomorphic animals, such as the Little Bear series illustrated by Barbara Firth.
Martin Waddell has never shied from writing about difficult situations that children sometimes have to deal with. This was never more so reflected in his books 'Starry Night', 'Frankie's Story' and 'The Beat of the Drum' which addressed the difficulties, anger and grief attributed to the political troubles in Northern Ireland from a teenager's perspective.
Martin Waddell also enjoys writing about ghosts, as he says not only are they fun they can also show how the past can affect the future.
Ian Whybrow has been a productive writer of children's books since his debut in 1989. His books are known for their humour and child-friendliness. They range from picture books to novels, short stories and poetry.
Subsequently, Ian Whybrow was able to give up teaching to write full-time. His series of books about Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds, has become huge and well-known. Other popular characters that have featured in his series of books include Little Wolf, Miss Wire and Sissy Buttons. However, Harry who has spawned the most books by far. Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs series has been adapted into a 104-episode animated television series with a slightly different name.
Jeanna Willis is an author of several children’s books including The Monster Bed, the Dr. Xargle’s Book of… series and Shamanka. Her first picture book was published by Andersen Press when she was 21. Since then, she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who's in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up).
Jeanne Willis has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle.
Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine. She filled in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up and always wanted to be a writer.
Jacqueline Wilson started working for a magazine publishing company as a teenager and then went on to work as a journalist for Jackie before writing novels full-time. One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Jacqueline Wilson is one of the nation’s favourite authors and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world.