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Stephanie Laberis

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation & children's books. Among others, she has worked for DreamWorks TV, Hasbro, Nick Jr. and Disney Jr.
Stephen Lambert

Stephen grew up in Reigate, Surrey and has lived in London, North Yorkshire and currently resides on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. After attending Reigate College of Art and Lincoln College of Art, Stephen eventually found himself illustrating for a living. For Orchard, Stephen has illustrated The Orchard book of Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs, written by Robert Swindells (July 2003). This is a collection of spellbinding stories from Egyptian mythology and Stephen's stunning illustrations vividly bring to life the drama of this era."A magical title which blends a tremendously strong storyline with the soft tonalities and dreamlike intensity of Stephen Lambert's dramatic artwork." The Bookseller"Stephen Lambert's illustrations capture very well both the colours of the desert landscape and the slightly ponderous mystery that hovers over the tales." Times Education SupplementStephen's other books include Nobody Rides the Unicorn (Transworld) which has been shortlisted for the Smarties Award, The Train Ride (Walker Books) and The Secret in the Mist (Gullane).When Stephen is not accompanying his dog on walks along the Cornish coastal paths, he is learning to cultivate his garden.
Klay Lamprell

Klay Lamprell is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, including Lonely Planet's NOT FOR PARENTS. She has also worked as a journalist and editor. Klay lives with her husband, Mark, by the sea in Sydney.
Mark Lamprell

Mark Lamprell has worked in film and television for many years. He co-wrote the film BABE: PIG IN THE CITY and wrote and directed the award-winning feature MY MOTHER FRANK. His most recent project is the movie musical GODDESS, which he co-wrote and directed. He has also written the novel THE FULL RIDICULOUS (Text), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. Mark lives with his wife, Klay, by the sea in Sydney.
Miriam Latimer

Miriam was born and brought up in St Albans, Hertfordshire and studied an Illustration degree at Bristol, achieving a 1st class honours in 2003. Wheelie Girl, her first book, was part of her final degree show and attracted a lot of interest from agents.Since graduating, Miriam has married and moved to Plymouth where she is already working on her next book.
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He joined the Footlights at Cambridge, meeting Stephen Fry there. Hugh is well-known for his TV roles in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, also for his film work including Stuart Little. Hugh is married and lives in London with his wife and three children. His many audiobook readings include Lauren Child's Beware of the Storybook Wolves and Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book.
Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence originally trained as a graphic designer and photographer, but subsequently became a television script reader, press officer, an art and antiques dealer, a painter and sculptor, and several other things he would rather not talk about. His first book, a novel for children, was published in 1995. He is now a full time author, creator of the bestselling and ever-popular Jiggy McCue books, and the Aldous Lexicon trilogy.
Liz Lennon

Liz Lennon is a writer who specialises in children's non-fiction. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter, who is the best critic of her mum's work.
Steven Lenton

Steven Lenton loves to illustrate books, filling them with charming, fun characters that really capture children's imaginations. He is the illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, which was both Waterstones picture book of the month and The Times children's book of the week, and the Radley Twelve Days of Christmas. Steven is originally from Congleton in Cheshire and now splits his time between Bath and London where he works from his studios with his little dog, Holly.Visit http://www.2dscrumptious.com
Anna Cynthia Leplar

Anna Leplar lives in Iceland with her husband and son. She originally trained as a fine artist and has worked for a number of publishers illustrating in black and white and colour. Her most recent commission has been the major DK Bible.
Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular children's authors and illustrators. She began illustrating children's books after she had her first child, and today has illustrated more than 25 books for children. Alison has won several awards for her writing and illustrating, including the 1989 CBC Honour Book Award for THE JOURNEY HOME, and Best Designed Children's Book for ROSIE SIPS SPIDERS. WHEN FRANK WAS FOUR reached number one in the bestseller list and was also a CBC Notable Book. Alison lives on a farmlet in rural Victoria with her husband and their three children.
Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis lives with his wife and two young daughters in Cheshire. Since he graduated with a first class honours degree in 1989 he has illustrated and contributed to more than 200 children's books at home and abroad.
Kiri Lightfoot

Kiri Lightfoot was born in 1980 in the UK and now lives in a tree house in Auckland, New Zealand - well a house surrounded by trees anyway. She lives there with her fiancé Gareth and her 1 year old daughter Sylvie. As a child Kiri wanted to be weather girl on the news. While this dream hasn't come true (and probably never will) many of her other ones have. She has always wanted to have a children's book published. Kiri has had a love of books since her father used to read a story in a different accent every night before bed. From Scottish to Indian, Irish, American, Australian - she never knew what to expect. As a student Kiri used to love part time babysitting work, not for the money but so she could sit and read all the kid's books on the shelf. Every Second Friday is Kiri's first book and one she is very proud of. It is based on her own childhood having time with her Dad after her parents separated. After studying journalism at University, Kiri went on to work in television doing scriptwriting, acting and production work. She is currently working part time in children's TV. Her other hobbies include playing football in the Auckland Women's League, practising yoga and hanging out at the beach.
Annalees Lim

Having completed a BA in Designs for Film and Television and a postgraduate course in Prop Making, Annalees spent her early career in production design and prop making for theatre, independent film and television. More recently, she has founded Makers and Creators in her capacity as arts practitioner, and runs craft workshops for various community groups, including children and young people with additional needs, as well as vulnerable adults.
Jamie Little

Jamie is a St. Albans-based illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008, and won a High Commendation in the Macmillan Children's Book Award in the same year. Since then Jamie has worked with many varied clients, and his debut children's book, 'MUM'S THE WORD', written by Timothy Knapman, is to be published by Hodder Children's Books in 2013.He is the creator, writer and illustrator of the on-going comic series 'COGG & SPROKIT' which is serialised in the Phoenix Comic, and his debut fiction series 'ATOMIC!', published by Scholastic Children's Books, written and created by Guy Bass, was released in 2012. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair, he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Whatever medium he uses, Jamie tries to create a 'hand-made', organic and energetic feeling in his work. His interests are pretty wide and varied; although he does have a soft spot for wild animals and things that go bump in the night.Jamie is represented by Jodie Marsh at United Agents.
Penny Little

After a high-flying career in PR and spending time as a full-time Mum, Penny has recently turned her hand to developing innovative publishing ideas for children and their parents.
Jamie Littler

Jamie is a St. Albans-based illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008, and won a High Commendation in the Macmillan Children's Book Award in the same year. Since then Jamie has worked with many varied clients, and his debut children's book, 'MUM'S THE WORD', written by Timothy Knapman, is to be published by Hodder Children's Books in 2013.He is the creator, writer and illustrator of the on-going comic series 'COGG & SPROKIT' which is serialised in the Phoenix Comic, and his debut fiction series 'ATOMIC!', published by Scholastic Children's Books, written and created by Guy Bass, was released in 2012. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair, he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Whatever medium he uses, Jamie tries to create a 'hand-made', organic and energetic feeling in his work. His interests are pretty wide and varied; although he does have a soft spot for wild animals and things that go bump in the night.Jamie is represented by Jodie Marsh at United Agents.Jamie Littler graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008. He has won a High Commendation Award at the Macmillan Children's Book Awards and is the creator of 'Cogg and Sprokit', which is serialised in the PHOENIX. He has worked on high-profile projects including The Famous Five. Follow him on Twitter @jamieillustrate or visit his website at http://jamielittler.co.uk/
Claire Llewellyn

Claire Llewellyn was an editor of children's fiction and non-fiction for over ten years before becoming a writer, specializing in books for younger readers. Her 'My First Book of Time' won TES Junior Information Book Award in 1992. Since then, she has written over 50 children's books on a wide range of subjects.
Sam Lloyd

'Mr Pusskins', Sam's first hilarious book for Orchard, won the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Pre-School Book, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award and Sheffield Book Prize. She also created the brilliant Whoops-a-Daisy World series of books for Orchard, which started with 'Doctor Miaow's Big Emergency'. Sam has written and illustrated a number of novelty books including the Richard and Judy prize-winning 'Calm Down, Boris' for Templar. In 2008 Sam was Highly Commended in the Big Picture Campaign's Best New Illustrator Awards. Sam lives in Brighton.
Gill Lobel

Gill Lobel was born in Coventry. She went to Manchester University to read English, and then to Leicester to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been a teacher for most of her working life mainly teaching English in comprehensive schools. She has also worked with children with Special Educational Needs, and as a Home Tutor for sick or excluded children.Gill has now retired from full time teaching, although she still does some private tutoring, and spends most of her time writing. Her first book was Starlight (Tamarind), and in 2000 Orchard Books published Ellie and the Butterfly Kitten, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. This is a touching picture book about a close relationship between a small girl and her grandmother and the joy that being back with her own mother again brings. Gill's latest novel for Orchard Books is the gritty and thought-provoking story of the overweight Hazel and her battle with the beautiful school bully, Lauren. Both Hazel and Lauren discover there is more to each other than firsts meets the eye.When she is not writing Gill likes gardening, walking and a wide variety of arts and crafts.Gill lives in Leicester with her husband. She has two daughters, two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.