Robert Byrd is a successful commercial artist and children's book illustrator in the US. He has won two awards for two of his picture books: The Bear and the Bird King (Smithsonian Best Books for Children) and The Little Swineherd (second place for illustrated fiction at the New York Book Show).
After leaving school Nick Butterworth went to work as a typographic designer and formed a partnership with Mick Inkpen. Nick's books have sold over 12 million copies around the world in more than 25 languages. He has won several prestigious awards including the Nestle Gold Award for The Whisperer. Perhaps his best known character Percy the Park Keeper first appeared in 1989 in One Snowy Night and has been the subject of a series of animated films for television.
Pamela Butchart is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Baby Aliens young fiction series, for which she has won the Blue Peter Best Book Award 2015 for The Spy Who Loved School Dinners and the Children's Book Award 2016 for My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat. She has also been shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Award (Lollies) and is one of the fasted growing children's fiction authors in the UK (Nielsen Bookscan). Pamela was selected as a World Book Day author for 2018.
Tim Budgen is a freelance illustrator and Art teacher. For much of his life he has been scribbling down ideas and can usually be found with a pencil in one hand and a sketchbook in the other! He lives by the sea on Hayling Island, England, with his wife Julia.
Paul Bryers is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter and director whose books for children and young adults include the Mysteries of the Septagram trilogy, Kobal, Avatar and Abyss. His latest novel Spooked - a ghost story set in South London - is published by Hachette Childrens' Books on August 1st 2013. Paul's adult fiction includes Hollow Target which won an Arts Council award for Best First Novel and In a Pig's Ear which was named as one of The Guardian's five Best Novels of the Year. He also writes historical naval adventures under the name Seth Hunter, the latest of which, The Spoils of Conquest, was published on July 4th this year. He was series producer, writer and director of the TV series Queen Victoria's Empire for PBS which won the outstanding achievement award at the New York Film Festival, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA and the Grierson Award for Best British documentaries. His films for Channel Four include Incident in Judea with Mark Rylance, Jim Carter and John Woodvine, The Golden Years, by Arthur Miller, with Ronald Pickup, Robert Powell and Kathy Tyson, A Vote for Hitler and Incident in Judea.
Charlotte Bronte is a writer of classics.
Michael studied illustration at Portsmouth University graduating with a first class honours degree. He now works solely on writing and illustrating books for children of all ages, His first picture book was published by Puffin in 2006 and his first fiction series Jake Cake has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Michael loves dogs, cups of tea, painting big canvasses and sourcing exciting fun material to work with such as flowers and leaves.
Ann Brashares is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children. Follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter and Ann Brashares on Facebook.
Claudia Boldt is a young German illustrator based in London. She attended the Glasgow School of Art, and then Kingston University, London, where she graduated with her Masters in Illustration in 2007. Claudia was a winner of the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award. She is the co-founder of children's newspaper The Loop.
Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 700 books and about 2,000 short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.
Fred never wanted to be an astronaut or drive a train when he grew up. Right from the beginning he knew he wanted to draw silly pictures for a living. Some decades later, he's living the dream! Fred has worked on all manner of projects, including editorial, advertising and designing animations for the BBC. He now works mostly in children's books, including his own Captain Falsebeard and the Knightmare series with Peter Bently.
Nick Bland's first picture book was published in 2001 and he is one of the key sellers on Scholastic's picture book list. He lives in Darwin and works full time as an author/illustrator. At weekends he works as a guardian for 120 aboriginal boys from around Northern Australia.
Jon has had a wide variety of jobs, working as a teacher, a university lecturer and even a dustman. His first story was published in 1984 and he has been writing ever since. He has now published over forty books. He lives in Wales, has a pet cat and his favourite food is guacamole.
James was born in Oxfordshire - he is proud that after 32 years, he has moved one town over from where he was raised (although he does still feel homesick).Previous work includes writing credits on Diddy TV and Gigglebiz, as well as "successfully" convincing 90's pop act Hanson to play at his wedding. Well, they didn't actually play, but they sent him on a honeymoon to Jamaica which James thinks is even better.James spends his spare time thinking of inventive ways to engineer more spare time for himself ... so far unsuccessfully.
Beverley was born in London, grew up in Kenya and came to Britain for the first time to take A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After travelling in Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East, Beverley joined Penguin as an editor. Since then she has continued to work in publishing - at present she combines writing and working as an editor here at Hodder. She has two daughters and is married to photographer Nick Birch.
Binny is an award-winning illustrator and designer whose stylish hand-drawn illustrations can be found across the US, UK, Japan and Australia in children's clothing brands, toys, interior design, books, album covers and greeting cards. Origami Heart is her first picture book. She lives in Australia.
Mara Bergman is an award-winning poet and children's writer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and always knew she wanted to write. Her poetry has been published widely in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad. Her short collection, The Tailor's Three Sons and Other New York Poems, won the 2014 Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and was published in 2015 by Seren. Mara has always felt a strong link between poetry and picture books and began to write for children when her own were young. She has published more than twenty books, including Snip Snap! (reissued as Snip Snap Alligator!), illustrated by Nick Maland, which won the Stockport Children's Book Award and, in the US, a Parents' Choice Award and the Society of Illustrators' Silver medal. In 2009 she won the Booktrust Early Years Prize for Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide, also illustrated by Nick Maland. Mara works in London as a children's fiction editor and lives in Kent. Visit her at www.marabergman.com
Peter studied languages at Oxford and lives in Devon, England. He is the author of the hilarious and bestselling The Great Bottom Swap, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and was among the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books of the year. In 2011 he won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Cats Ahoy!. www.peterbently.com
Over The Moon is run by husband and wife team Andrew and Karen Bendy. They have been going for 3 years in the wholesale market, but started 5 years ago with hand-made stationery. Prior to Over The Moon, Karen worked for 12 years in a design role for an Advertising Agency and also as a freelance artist. She has also done book illustration and textile design. When Karen is not busy at work, she is running a busy house full of children, growing vegetables, delivering people to ballet lessons, flute lessons, football practise, pony riding...
David is the author of over 60 children's books for all preschool and primary ages. David's books include best-selling picture books such as 'Big Bear Little Bear' and 'The Dinosaur Games', and 'The Team' football fiction series.Babies Don't Bite is his first book for Hodder.David was born in Devon, grew up in Warrington, and settled in Norfolk, where he lives by the sea with his family. David had an early successful career as a genetic engineer making newfangled antibiotics, before retiring from science at the very early age of 27! He now spends a lot of his time swimming in the sea, doing Tai Chi, cooking for his increasingly demanding family, visiting schools, libraries and festivals - and writing.