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.
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, the books of the Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms, and the companion books The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales and The Curvy Tree.
After a varied career and two years drifting around the world, Wendy settled down to teaching and worked in Inner London Secondary Schools as an English teacher, later deputy and acting-head-teacher. During that time Wendy was seconded to the ILEA learning Resources Branch as an advisory teacher to help schools and colleges - infant to FE - set up library resource centres and to develop independent styles of learning. Wendy studied at London University's Institute of Education for an MA and wrote a dissertation on the role of the school library in curriculum development.At the end of 1990 Wendy left teaching to run The Children's Book Foundation (now Book Trust). This involved Wendy in talking and writing about children's books and reading, organising National Children's Book Week, overseeing the annual production of Children's Books of the Year and working on a range of projects to promote reading. One of the most interesting was Bookstart, which aims to encourage parents and carers to read to their children from a very early age. It is run in co-operation with local health centres and public libraries and involves the gift of books, and a pack about reading, to families taking babies to the health centre for the 7-9 month health check. Wendy currently works freelance but continues to act as Senior Consultant to Bookstart, now a national project. This has given her many opportunities to speak on radio and TV and at conferences, about pre-school reading. In 2003 Wendy visited Thailand and South Korea to launch Bookstart projects and to lecture on early reading.At the other end of the age range Wendy has worked on many projects on teenage reading with teachers, librarians and parents and has talked on the subject on such radio programmes as Women's Hour, Treasure Islands, Front Row and Open Book.Wendy now works as a consultant to a range of children's publishers, reviews books, runs in-service training sessions for teachers and librarians, makes presenta
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller.Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now' magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.