As a child, Howard was a big Richard Scarry fan, and still considers Lowly Worm a close confidante, even if he is an anthropomorphic worm. He now writes his own children's books, mainly while on the train to work, and in 2015 was runner-up in the Greenhouse Funny Prize. His full-time job is as a magazine journalist. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys getting covered in mud in the countryside while trail running or mountain biking, eating his own bodyweight in cinnamon buns, riding his Brompton and destroying his kitchen while baking.
Becky Cameron is a British author and illustrator from sunny Sheffield. She graduated in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and has just completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. She was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize during her MA.Wishing for a Dragon is Becky's first picture book. As well as drawing and picture books she also loves cats, Kate Bush, moleskine sketchbooks, walking up hills and spends much too much time on twitter and instagram. She dislikes pigeons, slugs in the bathroom and being late for things. She lives in Oxfordshire.
James Campbell is a writer, storyteller and creator of Comedy 4 Kids. He travels around schools and theatres nurturing a love of storytelling and inspiring the children's own creativity too. James can be regularly seen at the Edinburgh Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and on children's TV programmes such as Blue Peter and The Big Book Babble. He lives in Suffolk with his family, some chickens and a really silly dog.
Gary was born under a bush and brought up by a family of weasels. He was hopeless in school except for art, English and history, in which he weaselly came top of the class. After working as a teacher for a while, he became an illustrator, and drew the pictures for many of the Redwall books. He lives with his wife in a farmhouse in the French countryside, working in a huge attic, surrounded by scraps of paper and hundreds of toy soldiers.
Margaret Chamberlain is the author-illustrator of Please Don't Torment Tootsie and Mimi and Moochie. She has illustrated many children's books over the last twenty years and has worked with Walker and Bloomsbury, amongst others. She divides her time between Lyme Regis and London.
Mark has been working as an illustrator since 2003.
Lynne Chapman has illustrated over 30 children's books in the last ten years. She works from her home, a Victorian house on the edge of the Peak District National Park in England where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys travelling far and wide with her pocket sketchbook. Find out more on: www.lynnechapman.co.uk
Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics, astrologers and numerologists. She gave her first public numerology reading at the age of fourteen, and has been involved in the serious study of the psychic arts for over twenty years. As a former English secondary school teacher and health and fitness instructor Theresa has worked with many young adults. She contributes regularly to women's magazines, such as Red, She and Here's Health, and is the author of over twenty health, popular psychology, humour and New Age books including Dreams, Numerology and Face and Hand Reading in the Amazing You series.
Emma Chichester Clark
Emma Chichester Clark trained at the Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art before becoming a full-time illustrator. She was awarded the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most promising newcomer to children's book illustration. She has since illustrated a number of picture books and collections for Orchard Books, Andersen Press, Pavilion and Methuen.For Orchard Emma illustrated The Orchard Book of Greek Myths in 1992 and in 1997 The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Both books have been retold by award-winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean, who has retold a number of the Orchard Collections. Emma's lively illustrations perfectly match the magic of the stories which bring characters of Ancient Greece strikingly to life. Emma was also chosen to be one of eight artists to illustrate The Orchard Book of Opera Stories retold by Adèle Geras which was published last Autumn to much acclaim.In 1998 Emma has joined forces with major poet and playwright, Adrian Mitchell, to illustrate his retelling of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian published in June.Emma has also written and illustrated a number of her own books, including Tea with Aunt Augusta, Miss Bilberry's New House and Little Miss Muppet Counts to Ten. She also illustrated some collections written by Laura Cecil including A Thousand Yards of Sea (Methuen), and has recently illustrated Thumbelina (Pavilion) and Little Red Riding Hood (Macdonald Young Books). Emma lives in Fulham in South West London, and has featured in the Illustrators Hall of Fame in The Mail on Sunday with other illustrators including Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne and Raymond Briggs.
A Pilgrim's progress, Room for a Little One, The Horse Girl and more
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel grew up on a steady diet of ghost stories and science fiction, which she credits with getting her through school. A career children's book author, Elizabeth lives in Cold Spring, New York, with her daughter Emma and their possibly telepathic beagle, Henry. She would like everyone to know that no zombies were harmed in the writing of this book. You can visit her online at www.codykimmel.com.
Babette Cole was one of the world's best loved writers and illustrators of children's picture books. She created more than 150 picture books and her bestselling Doctor Dog has been adapted as a successful children's cartoon TV series. Famous for her wacky sense of humour, most of her work is comedy like The Smelly Book, The Hairy Book, The Slimy Book and The Silly Book. Babette Cole was born on Jersey in the British Channel Islands. She attended the Canterbury College of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts) and received a BA Honours first class with distinction in animation.She worked with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate creating children's BBC TV programs such as Bagpuss. Her work has been widely televised on BBC's Jackanory, CBeebies and Channel 4.
David Conway is a children's picture book author who has written for Hodder, Random House, Frances Lincoln and Gullane Children's Books. He has been awarded The Peter Pan Silver Star by the Swedish wing of the IBBY and the Parents' Choice Gold Award in the US for Lila and the Secret of Rain. His first picture book The Most Important Gift of All illustrated by Karin Littlewood, was nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal in 2006. More recently Bedtime Hullabaloo! illustrated by Charles Fuge has also been nominated for the 2011 prize as well as the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2012.The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster was chosen as one of the children's books of the year 2008 by Nicolette Jones of The Sunday Times and was shortlisted for the 2009 Sheffield Children's Book Award. Shine Moon Shine was chosen as one of the top ten picture books of 2008 by The Bookbag.David is a stay-at-home dad bringing up his two children Bess and Jude and a cat called Bobby. David's wife works in academic publishing.
Trish Cook has written the novelisation of MIDNIGHT SUN. She is also the author of five YA novels, and women's fiction aimed at 'teenagers trapped in a mom's body.' When she's not writing, Trish is a runner, rower, music and pop culture fanatic. She has run two full and four half marathons, rows with a master's crew, sees live music at every chance, writes songs, plays guitar and sings with her own basement-bound band. You can visit Trish at www.trishcook.com.
Paul was born in 1961 in Essex. After the usual exams and college courses he became a teacher. Paul still teaches but spends most of his time performing poetry and running poetry workshops for both adults and children.He has written and edited a number of books including the bestselling anthology THE WORKS, WHAT SHAPE IS A POEM?, WHO RULES THE SCHOOL NOW?, UNZIP YOUR LIPS, TONGUE TWISTERS AND TONSIL TWIZZLERS, TEACHERS PETS, THE VERY BEST OF PAUL COOKSON, YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT LIKE THAT, STAYING OUT LATE PLAYING OUT LATE, and CRAZY CLASSROOMS AND SECRET STAFFROOMS. He is a contributor to Hodder Wayland's audio poetry collection POEMS OUT LOUD.Paul is married and lives with Sally, Sam and Daisy (and Ginger the guinea pig) in Retford.
Susannah Corbett is an actress who has worked on TV, film and the West End. She has appeared in Peak Practise and Dalziel and Pascoe. Her most frightening experience was doing stand-up at The Comedy Store.
Margaret and John Cort were a husband and wife team, parents of the award-winning illustrator Ben Cort. Margaret used to work in advertising and likes pottery, winemaking and collecting old furniture. John was a designer and illustrator and enjoyed pottery and watching football.
Kate Costelloe is the pseudonym of Annie Dalton, best known for her Angels Unlimited series for Egmont. Annie lives in an idyllic village near Diss in Norfolk with cats and dogs and is mother to three now grown up children.
Sarah Courtauld lives in London and writes and illustrates children's books. Her favourite writers for children are Tove Jansson, Andy Stanton, Roald Dahl, John Masefield, Cressida Cowell and Lemony Snicket, although her all time favourite children's book is The Princess Bride.
Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children's fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. Her latest books indulge her love of teenage romance: The Kiss is published by Hodder, with Movie Night and Girl at Sea coming in 2018.