Nick East is the illustrator of the bestselling Toto the Ninja Cat as well as the Goodnight Digger and Knock Knock series. He has been working as a museum designer for the past 16 years but has always been a storyteller, whether as a child, filling sketchbooks with quirky characters, or as a designer displaying a collection of ancient artefacts. Nick lives near York with his wife and two children and, when he isn't drawing, he is out riding bikes and spending time with his family.Find Nick at nickeastillustration.com
Ed Eaves graduated from Kingston University with a first class degree in illustration and since then has worked on a wide range of children's books. He is best known for the Albie series with Caryl Hart, including Supermarket Zoo, How to Grow a Dinosaur and Welcome to Alien School. He lives in Kent with his wife, the illustrator Rebecca Finn.
As well as writing books for children Gareth Edwards is a BAFTA-winning TV and radio comedy producer and writer with credits including That Mitchell and Webb Look and Bleak Expectations. He also writes the blog Some Kind Of Explanation which regularly guests in The Guardian online. He lives in London with his wife and four children and his picture books often start out as stories or games he has made up for them. His interests include jokes, animals, robots and cheese.
Rachel Elliot has been writing stories all her life, and her first book was published in 2004. Since then she has written lots of books for children. She works as a freelance writer and editor, and lives in Devon with her husband and two daughters.
Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a rig fitter and a primary school teacher.Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.It was while Jonathan was at college, studying architecture, that he first started developing his own illustrated texts, illustrating poems and lyrics that he'd written. Pleased with the results, he found himself spending more and more time on writing and illustration. While working as an architect, he began pursuing a career in children's books in his spare time, eventually going full-time in 1995, a few months before his thirtieth birthday.As well as writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger, Pigs Might Fly and Ruby Flew Too, Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children's Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Pig's Knickers.He now lives in Nottingham with his wife, Rachel, and children, Max and Laura.You can visit Jonathan's website at www.scribblestreet.co.uk
Karen Erasmus is an illustrator and artist who lives on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne - a beautiful and inspiring part of the world. Her picture books with Lothian include THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS and FIVE LITTLE PLATYPUSES.