Jane Ray's exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally, and she regularly shows her work at galleries and exhibitions. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation
; The Story of Christmas
was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad
was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's books for Orchard include the contemporary fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess
, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy
and the fabulously festive The Twelve Days of Christmas
. She is also the illustrator of Heartsong
, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Jane lives in London.