Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The awad described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film.
Barbara Taylor lives in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. She studied Environmental Sciences at Southampton University before becoming a science editor and writer at London's Natural History Museum. She is author of more than 100 children's information books and encyclopedias on science, natural history and geography.
Dereen Taylor has worked in children's publishing for many years. She has edited and written many non-fiction and pre-school books for children. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two young sons.
Britta Teckentrup is an illustrator, fine artist and writer. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, and went on to study at St. Martin's College and the Royal College of Art in London. Britta has created over 40 books, translated in 20 languages worldwide, and her artwork has been shown at exhibitions all over the world. She lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband and their young son.
Jackson Teller was born in Texas, USA. He moved to London, UK in his late twenties to work in teaching but later turned his writing hobby into a professional career. He likes writing about travel, extreme sports and American history.
Isabel Thomas studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is a science writer and children's author who has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, the ASE Science Book of the Year, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. Isabel also writes for children's science magazines Whizz Pop Bang and The Week Junior Science + Nature, and for science outreach projects. She is a primary school governor and parent of three young sons.
Ruth Thomson is an award-winning educational author (with an MA in Museum and Gallery learning) , who specialises in writing books on art and history. Her art books include Grisly & Gruesome, Saints and Looking at Paintings for the National Gallery, London, a short biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and several hands-on art packs for Tate galleries. She has also co-written Posters and Propaganda in Wartime, published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum. Her history books include a series about Victorian childhood and books about Plains Indians and Aztecs. Ruth's interest in Terezín was sparked during research for an educational pack on Holocaust art for the London Gallery of Jewish Art. The gallery owns a powerful series of prints by Leo Haas, one of the artists featured in the book, and Ruth became intrigued to find out more about the place that had inspired them. As well as writing educational books, Ruth travels widely, collecting recycled artefacts, which she has shown in bespoke exhibitions at major British museums and galleries for the past 7 years. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys long-distance walking, stone carving and reading modern American literature.
JAN THORNHILL's science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honours, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.
Paul Thurlby has been a full-time illustrator since 2006. He has worked in advertising, editorial and T-shirt design, as well as publishing. His first book, Alphabet, won the BolognaRagazzi Opera Prima award in 2013. His inspiration comes from mid-century design and illustration. His style is retro-modern, with retro aesthetics and modern subject matter.
Celia Tidmarsh taught geography for 15 years. Celia is now involved in training geography teachers. She has written a number of geography textbooks on a variety of topics.
Lauren Tobia studied Illustration at the University of the West of England. Whilst there she was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. Lauren's first book was A Heart for Ruby by Franzeska G Ewart, quickly followed by the successful Anna Hibiscus series by Atunuke (Walker). Before becoming an illustrator, Lauren was an intensive care nurse. She lives with her husband in Bristol with two unruly rescue Jack Russells. She has two grown-up daughters, an allotment and a serious home baking habit. She is also a regular blogger and tweeter.
Born on the stroke of midnight in a little house in the ancient Roman town of Caesaromagus (Chelmsford), John grew up with a love of stories, the power of words and the magic of plays on the stage. John trained as a secondary school teacher and was first published in 1983. Oodles of years later, he became a full-time writer. He's well known for writing to encourage readers into books and has been named a 'Reading Champion' by the National Literacy Trust. He lives in Worcestershire, England.
Stephanie is an experienced author and has written many non-fiction children's books.
Tracey Turner has written more than 30 books for children on a variety subjects, from rude words to the entire history of the universe. Her books include the best-selling 101 Things You Need to Know, and the acclaimed Comic Strip series. She lives in Bath with Tom and their son Toby.
Sue Turton has been a TV reporter for 27 years, breaking exclusives, dodging gunfire and, since 2010, running from the Egyptian authorities. Sue joined Al Jazeera in 2010 as a war correspondent covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. In Egypt, she was convicted in absentia of terrorism and led a successful campaign to free her colleagues. Before her time at Al Jazeera, Sue worked for Sky and GMTV before spending 12 years at Channel 4, reporting breaking news, leading investigations and anchoring alongside Jon Snow.