Our Authors
Vanessa Cabban

Vanessa Cabban in an award winning artist, who has illustrated numerous books for Orchard, including the bestselling Love is a Handful of Honey and There's a House inside my Mummy, both written by Giles Andreae.
Jane Cabrera

Jane Cabrera is an award-winning writer and illustrator. In 1996 she created her first book, Cat's Colours, while working as a graphic designer in children's publishing. Since then, she has created many books for babies and children and seen her titles translated into over 20 languages worldwide. Jane lives in a 500-year-old thatched house in Devon with her two small children, a friendly dog and a guinea pig.
Howard Calvert

As a child, Howard was a big Richard Scarry fan, and still considers Lowly Worm a close confidante, even if he is an anthropomorphic worm. He now writes his own children's books, mainly while on the train to work, and in 2015 was runner-up in the Greenhouse Funny Prize. His full-time job is as a magazine journalist. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys getting covered in mud in the countryside while trail running or mountain biking, eating his own bodyweight in cinnamon buns, riding his Brompton and destroying his kitchen while baking.
Becky Cameron

Becky Cameron is a British author and illustrator from sunny Sheffield. She graduated in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and has just completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. She was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize during her MA.Wishing for a Dragon is Becky's first picture book. As well as drawing and picture books she also loves cats, Kate Bush, moleskine sketchbooks, walking up hills and spends much too much time on twitter and instagram. She dislikes pigeons, slugs in the bathroom and being late for things. She lives in Oxfordshire.
Charles Causley

Charles Causley was born in Cornwall and apart from six years in the Royal Navy in the second world war lived there all his life. He was one of Britain's foremost poets and wrote for both adults and children. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967 and appointed CBE in 1986. He received (with Michael Foreman) the Signal Award for 'Early in the Morning'. In 1987 he won the Kurt Maschler Award for 'Jack the Treacle Eater' and in 1990 the Ingersoll/T.S. Eliot Award of America. Sadly, Charles died in 2003.
Margaret Chamberlain

Margaret Chamberlain is the author-illustrator of Please Don't Torment Tootsie and Mimi and Moochie. She has illustrated many children's books over the last twenty years and has worked with Walker and Bloomsbury, amongst others. She divides her time between Lyme Regis and London.
Emma Chambers

Emma Chambers is perhaps still best known for her role as Alice Tinker, the dizzy verger in The Vicar of Dibley opposite Dawn French, for which she won a 1998 British Comedy Award for Best Actress. She also starred as Charity Pecksniff in the acclaimed BBC production of Martin Chuzzlewit, and in How do You Want Me?, The Mixer, Skullduggery, The Secret Garden and Drop The Dead Donkey. On film, she has appeared as William's zany sister Honey in the film Notting Hill and in Bridget Jones's Diary and Mickey Blue Eyes. She will be seen as Betsy in the film The Clandestine Marriage. Her many theatre credits include Tartuffe at the Almeida, Trelawney of the Wells and Invisible Friends at the Royal National Theatre and Henceforward in the West End.
Mark Chambers

Mark has been working as an illustrator since 2003.
Giles Chapman

Giles Chapman is a leading international authority on the automobile, its industry, culture and history. The author of over 30 books, including the worldwide bestseller My Dad Had One of Those (written for Top Gear), he has also edited Classic & Sports Car, the world's most popular classic car magazine, founded Your Classic magazine, and worked at Autocar. Giles has lectured on car design at the Royal College of Art, and appears frequently on BBC TV and radio; most recently on the BBC4 documentary Magnificient Machines: The Golden Age of the British Sports Car. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers such as the Telegraph, the Independent and The Sunday Times.He is a double-winner of the Jet Media Excellence Award, won the Jeep Consumer Journalist of the Year in 2005 and was named the BCA Feature Writer of the Year in 2008. That year he was also the winner of the Montagu of Bieulieu Trophy. In 2011, he won the AA Environment Award.
Lynne Chapman

Lynne Chapman has illustrated over 30 children's books in the last ten years. She works from her home, a Victorian house on the edge of the Peak District National Park in England where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys travelling far and wide with her pocket sketchbook. Find out more on:
Lil Chase

Lil Chase has a first class degree in Creative Writing and works as an editor in London. Having been a pub cook and even suffered a brief stint in Disneyland Paris, she settled on a career in her first love - telling stories. BOYS FOR BEGINNERS started its life as a novel, written in pencil, complete with drawings, when Lil was just 11. Lil lives with Stella - a fox crossed with a rat, who masquerades as a dog. Visit her online at
Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark trained at the Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art before becoming a full-time illustrator. She was awarded the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most promising newcomer to children's book illustration. She has since illustrated a number of picture books and collections for Orchard Books, Andersen Press, Pavilion and Methuen.For Orchard Emma illustrated The Orchard Book of Greek Myths in 1992 and in 1997 The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Both books have been retold by award-winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean, who has retold a number of the Orchard Collections. Emma's lively illustrations perfectly match the magic of the stories which bring characters of Ancient Greece strikingly to life. Emma was also chosen to be one of eight artists to illustrate The Orchard Book of Opera Stories retold by Adèle Geras which was published last Autumn to much acclaim.In 1998 Emma has joined forces with major poet and playwright, Adrian Mitchell, to illustrate his retelling of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian published in June.Emma has also written and illustrated a number of her own books, including Tea with Aunt Augusta, Miss Bilberry's New House and Little Miss Muppet Counts to Ten. She also illustrated some collections written by Laura Cecil including A Thousand Yards of Sea (Methuen), and has recently illustrated Thumbelina (Pavilion) and Little Red Riding Hood (Macdonald Young Books). Emma lives in Fulham in South West London, and has featured in the Illustrators Hall of Fame in The Mail on Sunday with other illustrators including Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne and Raymond Briggs.
Lauren Child

Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.
Sam Childs

Sam Childs is a pseudonym.
Heather Chivers

Jane Clarke

I've been an archaeologist, a teacher, and a library assistant (at Antwerp International School), but I'm now a full time children's writer with over forty published books, plus poems in many children's anthologies, and reading scheme stories. I enjoy visiting primary schools to run creative writing workshops and share my work - which includes the award-winning Gilbert the Great, Stuck in the Mud and Knight Time. I also ghost write several series for the Working Partners group, including the very successful OUP series Dinosaur Cove.I love to collect fossils and go for seaside walks near my home in SE England, and visit friends and family in Belgium and America. And I'm always up for an adventure- like sky diving, white water rafting and hunting anacondas in Venezuela.
Anna Claybourne

Anna Claybourne has written over 150 children's books on all kinds of subjects, from sharks, black holes and splitting the atom to how to draw, Shakespeare's life, and Greek myths and legends. She knows a lot about conservation in the rain forests of Costa Rica as she once volunteered there for threw months. She likes space, sewing and music, plays the trombone and loves going camping.
Gillian Clements

Gillian Clements is a highly experienced author-illustrator, with an excellent reputation for children's non-fiction.
Lucy Coats

Lucy Coates worked as a children's book editor before becoming a full-time writer, poet and journalist. She has two children and lives in Northamptonshire.Lucy lives with her husband and two children deep in the Northamptonshire countryside, surrounded by cows, sheep, horses, owls, foxes, four lunatic dogs and a large and demanding garden. She has been fascinated by childrenOs books ever since she can remember, and cannot imagine a better job than making up stories and poems for a living. When she is not writing she grows organic vegetables, cooks huge meals for her family, and sits in her stone circle, studying the moon and stars.Lucy Coats read English and Ancient History at Edinburgh University, then worked in children's publishing and now writes full-time. She is a gifted children¿s poet and has also written picture books and novels. She is widely respected for her lively retellings of myths. Lucy's website is at You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter
Jason Cockroft

A Pilgrim's progress, Room for a Little One, The Horse Girl and more