Jane Lacey was a primary school teacher for ten years before she became a full-time writer of non-fiction books for children between the ages of three and eleven.
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
Amy Lamé is a writer, broadcaster, activist, and performer.She co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBTQ+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Amy is the 2014 recipient of the Free Derry Pink Wall Award for her work for LGBTQ+ civil rights.Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. Originally from New Jersey, she has been a proud Londoner for over two decades. She currently serves as the Mayor of London's first Night Czar, overseeing the city's thriving night time economy and culture.
After a few years at Penguin long ago, I went freelance and have scraped along ever since. Much of my work is non-fiction for children, and most of this has been focussed on history and similar areas. I have had well over 200 books published on everything from Ian Botham and Genghis Khan to the Renaissance and the atomic bomb. I have also written quite a few grown-up books, mostly on whisky and food. My children's books have been shortlisted for several awards, including the TES and the Royal Society.
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.
Anne-Marie Laval was born in the Dordogne region of France but has lived in north London since her early twenties. She has taught French and cookery and enjoys working with young people. She has travelled around France extensively.
Karina enjoys a varied career in education as a primary teacher, writer, editor and literacy consultant. She is the author of over 80 titles including children's fiction, non-fiction and educational/literacy resources. While her children were very young, she gained an MA in prose fiction creative writing.
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including The Philosophy Files, The Outer Limits and The Philosophy Gym.
Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. Patrice lives in east London and shares a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books. Her debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize, and her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime Fest Best Crime Fiction for Young Adults and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. @LawrencePatrice
Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He has worked on more than 80 titles to date, working with authors such Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, and won several prizes including a Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize for 'That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. His books have also been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Booktrust Early Years Award, Funfzig Jahre Deutcher Jugendliteraturpreis and New York Public Library's annual list of best Children's Books.He also writes his own books, 'The Invincible Tony Spears' and the bestselling 'Mammoth Academy' Series. His books are currently in print in more than 16 languages worldwide. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.
Claire Leclerc worked for many years as a financial journalist and in public relations before becoming a political adviser and election campaign organiser. She has also worked as a board member of a large British public sector pension fund. She studied European Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics.
JACQUI LEE graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design. She started her freelance illustration career in Vancouver, and branched into children's book illustration with the Murilla Gorilla series. Jacqui is currently living in London.
Liz Lennon is a writer who specialises in children's non-fiction. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter, who is the best critic of her mum's work.
Steven Lenton loves to illustrate books, filling them with charming, fun characters that really capture children's imaginations. He is the illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, which was both Waterstones picture book of the month and The Times children's book of the week, and the Radley Twelve Days of Christmas. Steven is originally from Congleton in Cheshire and now splits his time between Bath and London where he works from his studios with his little dog, Holly.Visit http://www.2dscrumptious.com
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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.
Phil Lesnie is a Sydney-based illustrator of children's books. He is also a children's bookseller. It is entirely possible that he hasn't read a title written for adults since he became one. He works primarily in watercolour, because in a watercolour painting even mistakes look lovely. He is the illustrator of Feathers, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2018. His first three books were CBCA Notable books in 2015, 2016 and 2018. But his first cat, Cassidy, is notable all of the time.
Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular children's authors and illustrators. She began illustrating children's books after she had her first child, and today has illustrated more than 25 books for children. Alison has won several awards for her writing and illustrating, including the 1989 CBC Honour Book Award for THE JOURNEY HOME, and Best Designed Children's Book for ROSIE SIPS SPIDERS. WHEN FRANK WAS FOUR reached number one in the bestseller list and was also a CBC Notable Book. Alison lives on a farmlet in rural Victoria with her husband and their three children.
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.
Anthony Lewis lives with his wife and two young daughters in Cheshire. Since he graduated with a first class honours degree in 1989 he has illustrated and contributed to more than 200 children's books at home and abroad.
Saviour Pirotta is an award-winning author who has written many books for children, ranging from folktale and fiction to factual books. His Frances Lincoln picture books, Joy to the World and Turtle Bay have won numerous awards and been translated into several languages. He has retold several stories for Orchard, including the popular The Sleeping Princess and Other Fairy Tales from Grimm and The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths. Saviour lives in Brighton. Jan Lewis has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years, ranging from board books to young fiction. Her most successful title is the best-selling Orchard novelty book, The Secret Princess Handbook. She also illustrated a delightful series of board books for Orchard, based on popular nursery rhymes and Christmas carols, which sell consistently well each year. Jan lives in Berkshire.