Penny Dann was a well-known and highly talented children's illustrator, whose Secret Fairy range has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.Penny Dann studied Visual Communication at Brighton Polytechnic and enjoyed a successful career illustrating children's books. Her witty, lively watercolours have added character to many well-known stories and she also wrote her own books.Penny was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire and was brought up in Stoke Poges. Following an eighteen-month tour around Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the US, Penny settled in her university town of Brighton.Penny was well-known for her bestselling The Secret Fairy range of handbooks and novelties for Orchard Books. Among Penny's other books are One for the Pot and Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (Elm Tree Books), two anthologies The Animals' Bedtime Story Book and Read Me a Story (Orion) and three books about Figgy Two Socks and Jefferson Bear (Kingfisher). She also illustrated The Collins Treasury of Poetry edited by Stephanie Nettell and designed a soft toy for Running Press.
Michael Davidson studied Illustration at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, where his artwork was commended both at the Macmillan Children's Book Prize and the British D&AD awards. He went on to do a Masters in Sequential Illustration at Brighton University. After graduating he spent time in education; teaching English as a Foreign Language in Eastern Asia as well as assisting at primary schools in London. He continued to develop his artwork and story ideas, and Michael's passion for illustration and his work with children have combined in his first book 'Ready, Teddy, Go!'
TED DEWAN been an illustrator and cartoonist since 1988, and his work regularly appears in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, TES and the Guardian. He won the coveted Mother Goose Award for his first children's picture book in 1992, Inside the Whale. Subsequent picture books include The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Top Secret. He has also illustrated children's and adult non-fiction. His first book for the Doubleday list was The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was short-listed for the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the creator of the popular Crispin the pig, and Bing! He lives in Oxford with his wife, artist and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner, Helen Cooper, and their daughter.
Emma was brought up in Guildford, Surrey, in a family of artists. As a child she loved the work of Peter Firmin, John Burningham and Gerald Rose, and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator. Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration. The I Love You range has sold over 750,000 copies and I Love My Mummy won the Book Trust Early Years Award. Emma lives in Surrey with her husband and two children and their terrier cross, Buzz, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration. The family likes to spend any spare time in North Cornwall, surfing and walking in all weathers.
Delphine was born and brought up in Dijon. She studied illustration in Strasbourg and has been working as an illustrator ever since, working on both magazines and children's books. For Orchard Books Delphine has teamed up with Miriam Moss for Scritch Scratch (October 2001)Delphine has also illustrated for many publishers including Random House New York.Delphine lives in Marseille, but works mainly in Paris.
Alan Durant writes fiction for all ages, from picture books and young fiction to teenage thrillers and poetry for adults. His titles include the award-winning Burger Boy, illustrated by Mei Matsuoka, and Kate Greenaway-nominated Always and Forever, illustrated by Debi Gliori.