Frank Lampard is a footballer, father and author of the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series!To date, Frank remains Chelsea Football Club's all-time leading goal scorer, where he was awarded three times Chelsea Player of the Year. In 2014 Frank was the vice captain on the England football squad at the World Cup in Brazil, and then went on to play for Manchester City in 2014 in the UK before signing with New York City FC to play as part of the Major League Soccer side, starting July 2015. Frank was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to football.Frank enjoys reading with his two daughters, and when they requested stories about football Frank decided to create his own characters and adventures to entertain them. These tales provided the inspiration for 'Frankie's Magic Football'. Frank is passionate about promoting child literacy and is an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust; he hopes to inspire both young girls and boys to read with the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series. "The idea for 'Frankie's Magic Football' came from reading bedtime stories to my daughters. Adventure stories are their favourite and I wanted to combine my love for football with something that I could read to them, and that they would love too. 'Frankie's Magic Football' reminds me of the stories that I used to like to read. Frankie's friends also remind me of the mates that I used to kick a football about with when I was young, as well as some of the players I've met during my career." - FRANK LAMPARD
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.
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.
Sarah Levete has written numerous titles, on a lot of different subjects, for children. Her many books include educational titles for children about science, world affairs, religion, history and social issues. When she is not writing, Sarah also teaches young people and adults. She lives in Oxford with her husband and children.
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.
I worked as an illustrator in advertising and publishing during the 80's. My clients included Saatchi and Saatchi, Y&R and Dorlands. I then worked as a Producer/Director in animation for the next 25 years. I worked with Disney, ITV, TF1, amongst others. In the past 5 years I have got back into illustration and loving it. I enjoy the book publishing business as well as magazine work and promotional illustration.
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.
Jo Lodge is an illustrator and paper engineer and was greatly influenced by her artistic parents - her mother, Maureen Roffey, an illustrator, and her father Bernard Lodge, a graphic designer. Her first books were published by Rod Campbell and her boldly coloured animal characters have starred in a a wide range of books. Jo was nominated for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001, was finalist for the Sheffield Baby Book Award in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early years awards in 2010. She is perhaps best known for her Mr Croc books which have been a hit around the the world with sales exceeding 1 million copies. She lives in West Sussex with her husband and two sons. To find out more about Jo and her books, visit www.jolodge.com
Katherine Lodge grew up in Surrey. She remembers as a child always watching her mother, Maureen Roffey, illustrating children's books. She studied printmaking in New York and later completed a MA at the Royal College of Art in illustration. While living in New York Katherine became excited about illustrating for children. She collects vintage fabrics and loves all folk art. Her books include Shoe Shoe Baby, The Clever Cowboy, The Sasha and Olly series, Kitty Kool's Beauty School and recently Let's Find Mimi. She now lives in Denmark Hill and has two children.
I am a self taught Illustrator and designer since being fortunate to get a job for a lovely greetings card company at the age of 18. Now, 10 years on, I am a full time freelance illustrator and have been so for the last 4 years. I love it. The inspiration for my work comes from many places; Children's stories, animated films, fancy dress parties, cakes, sewing and crafts, unicorns etc... When I am not busy doodling, I enjoy baking, music festivals and country walks. One day I will have a miniature dachshund alongside me!