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Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

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A Dare for A Hare

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Sara Vogler

Jan and Sara were already friends when one day they decided they wanted to write children's stories and it would be more fun to write them together. That was 18 years ago. Since then they've written over 160 stories - including some about ghosts, football, ghosts playing football and naughty gargoylz. Jan lives in Essex with her family and Sara lives in London with hers. They both have black cats who completely rule their lives. For more information, please visit Jan and Sara's website www.burchettandvogler.co.uk and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BurchettVogler. Keep up-to-date with the Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate blog at http://samsilverundercoverpirate.blogspot.co.uk.

Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has written over 100 children's books, ranging from picture books to novels. He has been fascinated by traditional tales since he was a child, and before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London. His titles include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths and The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

Selina Young

Selina Young was brought up in Surrey and went to Epsom School of Art and Design. She won the Macmillan Prize whilst studying at Cambridge. Selina died in 2006.

Sharon Harmer

Sharon Harmer lives and works on the south coast of England. She has been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years, working mainly in children's publishing and art licensing.She has illustrated over 50 children's books from pre-school, board and novelty books, educational and picture books. Clients include: Little Tiger Press, Ladybird, Lerner, Miles Kelly, Marks & Spencer, OUP, Pearson, Pat-a-Cake, Parragon, and Simon & Schuster.

Simon Rickerty

Simon Rickerty graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2006 with a master's degree in Communication Art and Design. His first picture book, Peas, written by Andy Cullen, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award. Simon has gone on to illustrate many more highly acclaimed books for children, including Ten Little Pirates, winner of the Nottingham Children's Book Prize, and Monkey Nut, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He lives in Bristol.

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the author of over 25 books for children. Her I Love You Night and Day was read on CBeebies Bedtime Hour and her Black and White Sparklers series has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. She lives in Richmond with her husband and three sons.

Stephanie Laberis

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation & children's books. Among others, she has worked for DreamWorks TV, Hasbro, Nick Jr. and Disney Jr.

Steve Antony

Steve Antony - a graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin - is the author-illustrator of The Queen's Hat and Please Mr Panda. Only debuting in 2014, Steve has had enormous success: The Queen's Hat won the Evening Standard's Oscar's First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Please Mr Panda was chosen as Picture Book of the Month by US retailer Barnes & Noble, who held over 650 Panda events over one weekend. Steve aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.

Steve Cole

Steve Cole is the bestselling author of the ASTROSAURS books, which Amanda Craig from THE TIMES recently described as 'the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore.'Visit his website at http://www.stevecolebooks.co.uk, keep up-to-date with his blog at http://www.stevecolebooks.co.uk/steves-space/blog and watch his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/stevecolebooks.

Steven Lenton

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

Sue Hendra

Sue Hendra is the author and illustrator of the hugely popular and hilarious Barry the Fish with Fingers and Dave. The Wanda the Alien TV series has been a huge success and is screening on Channel 5. Immediately after completing her art degree at Brighton University, Sue got a job with Bloomsbury. She also worked for Walker Books, Oxford University Press and Macmillan where she honed her skills as an illustrator and writer of picture books. Sue has been creating award-winning and bestselling picture books for over fifteen years and has worked on over seventy books.

Suzanne Selfors

Best-selling author, Suzanne Selfors, feels like a royal on some days and a rebel on others. She's written many books for kids, including the Smells Like Dog series and The Imaginary Veterinary series.She has two charming children and lives on a magical island kingdom where she hopes it is her destiny to write stories forever after.

Sylviane Donnio

Sylviane Donnio started writing her first children's book at the age of 8, and if she stopped writing it after the tenth line because she thought it was too hard, she did so with the promise that she would start again when she had grown up. Today, after having studied public law, filling many positions in public administration and becoming the mother of 3, she keeps the promise she made to herself. I'd Really Like to Eat a Child is her very first book.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris has been fascinated by all aspects of the natural world since a young age. After studying Norwegian glaciers at university, his quest for wildlife has seen him explore the giant dunes of the Namib Desert, climb the slopes of Popocatapetl in Mexico, camp in the Sumatran rainforest, and search the frozen Sea of Okhotsk for sea-eagles. Tim has written books about nature and the environment for both children and adults, including the award-winning Migration Hotspots: the World's Best Bird Migration Sites. Apart from birds, his special interests are bats, moths, glaciers, and the weather.

Timothy Knapman

Timothy studied history at Oxford. Since then he has spent his time writing plays, opera libretti, song lyrics and children's books. Timothy's books, including the successful Mungo series, have been translated into twelve languages and are often read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.Timothy Knapman studied history at Oxford. Since then he has spent his time writing plays, musicals, songs, operas and children's books.His books include the bestselling DINOSAURS IN THE SUPERMARKET and MUNGO AND THE PICTURE BOOK PIRATES. They have been translated into 15 languages and have been read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

Tony De Saulles

Tony De Saulles is the illustrator of the bestselling multi award-winning Horrible Science series, which won The Blue Peter Prize for Best Book With Facts. In between the Horrible Science titles Tony also writes his own books, holds cartoon illustration workshops and appears at book festivals. Visit Tony's website www.tonydesaulles.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @TonyDeSaulles.

Tony Mitton

Highly-respected poet Tony Mitton has written many titles for children, including the picture books illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!, Down by the Cool of the Pool, Spookyrumpus (winner of the Sheffield Book Prize, the Dundee Book Award and the Portsmouth Book Award) and Jolly Olly Octopus among many others. In 2014 Tony won the prestigious CLPE Poetry Award for his retelling of Wayland. Tony spends his time writing, giving poetry performances and visiting primary schools. He lives in Cambridge.

Tony Ross

Tony Ross was born in London and studied at the Liverpool School of Art and Design. He has worked as a cartoonist, a graphic designer, as the Art Director of an advertising agency, and as Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic. Tony is one of the most popular and successful children's illustrators of all time, best known for illustrating Horrid Henry and the works of David Walliams. Tony's books have been translated into 40 languages in over 100 countries. He lives in Macclesfield.

Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside is best known as one of Britain's leading agony aunts. She started on WOMAN magazine before moving to THE SUNDAY MIRROR and TODAY newspapers. She now writes a weekly column for THE INDEPENDENT. She also appears regularly on radio and television on such programmes as Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. Her many books include self-help titles on subjects such as bereavement, as well as the children's spooky adventure series BURLAP HALL.