Steve Backshall is well-known as a TV presenter, wildlife enthusiast and explorer. He travels the world to learn about the most inspiring animals, from boxing mantis shrimp to charging tigers. Steve also regularly writes articles for newspapers and magazines including the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER and BBC WILDLIFE and is an inspirational public speaker.Steve's website is www.stevebackshall.com, and you can follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial and on Twitter @SteveJBackshall.
Jacqui Bailey has spent a lot of her adult life working with children's books. She has been an editor and publisher of everything from picture books to encyclopedias, but mostly enjoys finding out amazing bits of information and then writing about them. She particularly likes writing about science, as the information so often turns out to be far stranger than fiction.
Jonatahn Baillie is a leading zoologist and Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Amongst many other projects, he is responsible for establishing the EDGE programme for ZSL. He was born in Canada but now is based in London, but spends much of his time travelling the world for his work. His mother is an award-winning children's author and he has worked with her on Very Wonderful, Very Rare and Animals on the Edge, which won an SLA information book award.
Dr Carol Ballard has written several children's books on human biology and health. A specialist in primary science, she currently teaches science, mathematics and geography in primary school.
Nicola Barber is an experienced author and editor of children's non-fiction books.
Sonia is an Italian illustrator specializing in illustration for children. She lives in the north of Italy in a small town near Bergamo. She always loved to draw and this led her to attend a school in Florence where she studied illustration. Sonia has worked on a vast array of illustration projects: children's books, flap books, educational books, game books, toys, stickers and covers. She loves working on all sorts of different projects, her favourite things being drawing animals and using lots of colour!
Geoff Barker has written a number of titles for both children and adults. His book subjects include history, social and environmental sciences, biology and geography. Geoff used to work in book publishing before he became an author. He is married with children and lives and works in Scotland.
Kay Barnham was born in Barrow-in-Furness, grew up in Carlisle, went to college in Brighton, and lived in Hove for a while, before sailing for Kinsale, Co Cork, popping back to Hove and then moving to the New Forest with her husband and daughter. And never at any point has she lived more than ten miles from the sea. She began working in children's publishing in 1992. She was an editor first of all, working on illustrated non-fiction and learning fun facts like how long it would take to walk to the moon - nine years - and how to spell palaeontology. Next, she commissioned fiction titles, editing picture books, storybooks and novels. And then she got the chance to write her own books, which she thinks is quite the best job ever. Except possibly being a chocolatier. She writes non-fiction as Kay Barnham. Her specialist subjects include ice-skating, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, lightning, fairies, Roald Dahl, Sir Isaac Newton, Christmas, dolphins, Florence Nightingale and very bad cracker jokes. And chocolate.She also writes fiction as Kay Woodward, including the Skate School series for Usborne and the novels Jane Airhead and Wuthering Hearts for Andersen Press. Altogether, she's written about a hundred books. Her favourite colour is navy blue. Her favourite chocolate is 85% cocoa solids.
Hettie loves to write about interesting people. She also writes stories and songs for children of all ages. She has raised three strapping lads and lives in Teddington, England with her husband and youngest son. She enjoys eating cheesecake and likes to dance while she cooks - usually to something jazzy.
Michaela Blassnig is a Brisbane-based illustrator who has worked on various film, character design and book projects. The critically acclaimed HERMIONE ANEMONE AND THE ENORMOUS STORM was her first picture book with Lothian Children's Books.
Rachel Blount was born and grew up in Worcestershire. She has worked in children's publishing for over a decade as an author and editor of children's books.
Paul Blow is an illustrator based in Dorset, UK, with a distinctive style reminiscent of comic books, gig posters and album artwork. Other clients include the Guardian, the Independent, VH1 and Byron.
Jeffrey Boakye is a writer, teacher and music enthusiast from Brixton, now living and working in East London with his wife and two sons. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race and popular culture. Jeffrey has taught English in London secondary schools and sixth form colleges since 2007.His first book, Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime is an exploration of grime through the analysis of seminal tracks in the genre. His forthcoming book, Black, Listed is due for publication in 2019.
Valerie is an experienced writer of children's non-fiction books.
Rob Bowden is a development geographer who has taught international Environment and Development courses at the universities of Sussex and Brighton. He specialises in African issues and has written several children's books about the region. As well as writing, he runs an educational resourcing and consultancy company. He is a keen photographer and some of his images are used in his books. In 1999 his book 'Journey Through Africa' was highly commended by the Geographical Association and he has also been commended for his great contribution to education.
Seren Boyd is a journalist and writer specialising in international development and, more recently, toilets. Her love of words comes from studying languages and spending far too long in libraries as a child. Today, as a parent, she reads in the loo.Toilet Twinning raises funds for water and sanitation work in some of the poorest, most remote communities in the world. It helps provide life-saving latrines, safe water and essential training in handwashing, to homes, schools and displacement camps in more than 20 countries.
Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, illustrator and professional thinker of happy thoughts. She has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could - winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Book Award. Her books have sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages. She is also the creator of award-winning stationery and homewares range, The Brightside. Rachel lives on a farm near the seaside, with her partner and their two young daughters.
Michael Bright has worked as an executive producer with the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, and with its Science Unit in London. He is author of over a hundred books on wildlife, science, travel, and conservation, including many for children. His bestseller Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown accompanied the popular television series presented by Sir David Attenborough. He is the recipient of many international radio and television awards, including the prestigious Prix Italia. He is a graduate of the University of London and a corporate biologist and member of the Royal Society of Biology.
Susie Brooks is an award-winning writer and editor of children's books. Writing on a wide range of subjects from dinosaurs to geography, she also masquerades as an artist (among other things, painting children's portraits and getting messy in classroom workshops!). In 2014, her Get into Art series won the English Association Picture Book Award, British Book Design and Production Award and the overall SLA Information Book Award. She can regularly be found walking people's dogs and in her spare time, loves to travel and explore new places!
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Ali is a former teacher of humanities and education officer for Oxfam. She has written a number of books for young people as well as course material for teachers.