Fiona MacDonald studied history at Cambridge University and at the University of East Anglia. She has taught in schools, adult education and universities, and is the author of numerous books for children on historical topics.
Stephen is fine artist and has been doing commercial work with Lip International since 1989. In that first year he was published by Paperchase in the UK and for the Terrance Higgins Trust. His work was then sold by the poster company, The Art Group, in companies such as Ikea and Habitat. From 1991 onwards, card ranges featuring Stephen's work were sold to Harrods, Selfridges and other exclusive stores. These ranges were also selling well in the USA with strong sales in Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, Borders and the Nature Company amongst others. By the early nineties, Stephen's cards were sold in 50 countries worldwide, including virtually every country in Europe. In 1998 Lip International set up a licensing department and linked up with a number of companies around the world licensing Stephen's work. His designs have featured on calendars, notebooks, prints, kitchenware, stained glass, wind-chimes, to name but a few.
Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.
Heather Maisner is author of over 30 children's books, translated into 8 languages, including the award-winning Magic Hourglass, Magic Globe and Diary of a Princess. She also teaches creative writing to children.Her books range from picture books to books for fluent young readers. Often combining fiction with fact and games with information, they are ideal for beginner and reluctant readers.Heather is author and publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books, featuring the very naughty Dinosaur Douglas, written in rhyme, with zany illustrations by street painter Alex Godwin, covering subjects from oral health to obesity. Heather loves to walk, dance, travel (speaks five languages), make bread and cook for her large family - and amazing black cat.
John Malam studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, after which he worked as an archaeologist at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. He is now an author specialising in information books for children and is a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, a teacher, and has two grown-up children.
Nick Maland graduated in English and Drama from London University in 1981. He pursued a career in the theatre, acting and directing in the London fringe, and, during this time, developed an interest in drawing, which soon took over as a full-time occupation. He has worked as an editorial illustrator for the TES, The Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent amongst others. He was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award in 1996 (for Welcome Night) and the Children's Book Award in 1998 (for Brave Whale). Further prestigious wins include the V&A illustration award in 2003 (You've Got Dragons) and the Silver Medal in Society of Illustrators Original Art 2005 Exhibition as well as the Stockport Children's Book Award (for Snip Snap). Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award. He has a daughter and a son and lives between London and France.
Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.http://www.mickandbrita.com Selection of Franklin Watts books:The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.
Alan Marks is widely published and has illustrated many books. He is also a 'Smarties Prize' prize winner.
Jane's love affair with sewing began in 2009 when she took a beginners dressmaking course. She soon founded crafting blog Handmade Jane in order to share her love and passion for sewing with others. Jane lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Layn Marlow gained a first class degree in Illustration from Southampton Solent University, and has been writing and illustrating picture books ever since. Layn's titles have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 20 different languages. A Very Strange Creature was shortlisted for the Red House Book Award and Hurry Up and Slow Down won the Never Too Young Coventry Inspirations Book Award in 2010. Layn lives in Hampshire with her family.
Jill Marshall is British but lives in New Zealand with her daughter. She is the author of the bestselling fiction series Jane Blonde.
Amelia Marshall is an avid reader and writer of children's books. She has worked in primary education and publishing for over 10 years. As well as specialising in fairy tale twists and retellings she loves to write playful rhymes. As a parent of a toddler son, she saw an opportunity to create a unique rhyming picture book set combining photographic and illustrative elements and came up with four books in Digger and Friends (Digger's Busy Day, Tractor's FarmYard Fun, Big Truck's Road Adventure & Emergency! Emergency!).
Katie Marshall is a cookery writer for both children and adults, with a diploma from Leith's School of Food and Wine. In addition to her writing, she also works as a food stylist and assists with all kinds of foodie projects.
Marc Martin is an award-winning illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with watercolour, gouache and pencil, his work is a world of vivid colour, rich textures and the occasional scribble. He is the author/illustrator of A Forest, LOTS and A River, which was selected as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017.
Claudia Martin has worked in book publishing for 17 years. She is the author of several books and websites for children and young people. Her favourite subjects are history, current affairs and technology.
Chris Martin is an author and experienced Website programmer. He runs programming courses for kids.
By day, they are Connor, Amaya and Greg, and they go to school like everyone else. By night, they are Catboy, Owlette and Gekko - the PJ Masks! The PJ Masks work together to tackle any situation and have lots of exciting adventures along the way. PJ Masks are on their way - into the night to save the day!
Chris is a writer and consultant on education. He specializes in issue-based work, citizenship education and service learning. He also lectures in education at the University of Northumbria.
From my very early childhood, I only ever dreamed of becoming three things as a grown up - an artist, an athlete, ...and an astronaut! I have always loved to draw, and I would spend many happy hours as a child creating new characters and developing imaginative worlds for them to explore. Comics, pop-ups and picture books were a major influence throughout my school years, as were cartoons and animation and in particular, Walt Disney.After completing my foundation course in Art & Design at Epsom Art College, I moved away from my creative studies and spent some years focusing on athletics.My ultimate ambition was to compete at the Olympic Games! Rather more modestly, I enjoyed many fun filled years representing my club, county, and the South of England in my specialist event - the 400m hurdles. Athletics is still a large part of my life today, but these days I run marathons...and I tend to run a lot more slowly!In 2010, I decided it was time for me to return to my artistic studies and I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the MA course in Children's Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Here, I have learned to combine my love of the creative and the technical to develop my own unique illustrative language - a fusion of hand drawn illustration and elaborate paper engineering. I'm not entirely sure I have ever grown up? With childish enthusiasm I still love to read picture books, to eat lots of chocolate and to play with toys. I still love to run for no reason other than the fun of it! But most of all, I still love to draw and to create elaborate and fantastical picture books for all to enjoy. Oh, and I'm still working on becoming an Astronaut!!
Paul's books cover a wide range of subjects, from whether the Romans ate crisps to how to build the world's best skatepark, but he writes mostly about sport. Whether you are interested in swimming, cycling, snowboarding, surfing or another sport, Paul has probably written something that will inspire you to get out and give it a try. Paul writes in a shack by the beach, which he shares with his one-eyed surf dog, Daisy.