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Mary-Jane Wilkins has been creating children's non-fiction for many years. Her interest in education was sparked when working for the primary teacher magazines Child Education, Junior Education and Art & Craft, published by Scholastic, and developed further when she became the governor responsible for literacy at her son's primary school.As Editorial Director at Belitha Press she developed several highly successful literacy series under the umbrella title of Learning through Literacy, published by Scholastic in the US. She has published hundreds of non-fiction titles for the international co-edition market, covering subjects ranging from dinosaurs to space. Her writing includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.She lives in Lewes, East Sussex.
Tom Jackson has been a writer for 20 years. He has written more than 80 books and contributed to hundreds more. Tom gets to write about a wide range of subjects, everything from axolotls to zoroastrianism. However, his specialties are natural history, technology and all things scientific. Tom spends his days finding fun ways of communicating these kinds of facts, new and old, to all age groups and reading abilities.Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children. He studied zoology at Bristol University and has had spells working at the zoos in Jersey and Surrey. Tom has also worked as a conservationist, which saw him planting trees in Somerset, surveying Vietnamese jungle and rescuing wildlife from drought-ridden Zimbabwe. Writing jobs have also taken him to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the coral reefs of Indonesia and the Sahara Desert. Nowadays, he can be found mainly in the attic.
Elaine Jackson, a former headteacher, is the author of numerous books and articles for children in primary school.
Pat Jacobs has written more than 50 non-fiction, reference and activity books for children on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to the future of space exploration. She has lived in Paris and Germany, and has translated several children's books from German into English. Pat has two grown-up children and lives with her husband in rural Suffolk.
The Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes is Faith Jaques's last and most highly-acclaimed work. Her career as an illustrator spanned over forty years and her distinctive style is widely recognised and admired. Faith Jaques illustrated well over one hundred books for children and adults. She has always been associated with the most distinguished children's authors, illustrating books by Roald Dahl, Allan Ahlberg, Philippa Pearce, Nina Bawden and Leon Garfield. She also designed several sets of commemorative stamps. Faith Jaques died in 1997.
After reading English Language and Literature at Oxford University, David Jay began his writing career as a reviewer of books and films. He is now a part-time author of children's information titles.
Gary Jeffrey, from Clacton on-Sea, Essex, UK, is well-known for his adaptions of biographies and history for comics. Over the course of a decade writing and story boarding these comics he grew to love the medium and became excited by its possibilities.
Caryn Jenner was born and raised in the USA, but has lived all her adult life in the UK. The very best thing she's ever done in her life is adopting her fabulous and fascinating daughter. The next best thing is working with children as a school volunteer. She also enjoys writing and editing books for children. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and cats.
Terry Jennings is a Full-time freelance author and photographer. He specialises in factual books for children and teachers.
Jinny Johnson is an established and successful writer of information books for children.
Julie Johnson writes on PHSE issues, and is an independent PHSE consultant and trainer to schools, youth and play services, assisting with training policy and practice.
As a child, Anita loved to write her address listing the house number, the street name, the town, the county, the country, the continent, the planet, the galaxy, finishing with the Universe. This made her realise that she was in a much bigger space than the small area she could see around her. Much later in life, she was inspired to write "I am here! Where are you?" using exactly that concept. She now enjoys sharing her book during visits to bookstores, schools and libraries. Anita has had a varied career path including teaching, project management and IT consultancy, and is now using her retirement to hone her writing skills. She is a proud founder member of a small local writers' group and believes this has helped her to develop as a writer since the group was formed in 2015. She has been married for 47 years and has three grown up children and two beautiful grandsons, Oscar and Jacob. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, travelling, singing in a local pop choir, swimming and reading.
Cath Jones is a freelance children's author. She thinks inventing stories is the best thing ever. So far, she has published a picture book and early and reluctant readers. She tends to write quirky stories.She loves sharing her stories with children and is happy to go into bookshops and schools to meet children and organise activities and workshops.
Moses Jones was born in South Africa but now lives in London. He goes back to South Africa every summer and enjoys writing about his adventures touring around the country.
Terry Jones was a member of the legendary Monty Python team and has directed three highly successful films - Erik the Viking, Consuming Passions, Personal Services, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as well as scripting and performing in The Life of Brian, Jabberwocky and a number of Monty Python films. A previous book The Saga of Erik the Viking won the 1984 Children's Book Award. He is also the author of (for adults) Chaucer's Knight: Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary, Crusades and The Knight and the Squire as well as many other books for children. He read English at Oxford and retains a passion for medieval literature.
Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of over 20 fiction and non-fiction picture books. Her books have received numerous awards including the Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notable and Kirkus Best of. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and website. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at LitaJudge.net