Ross Collins was born in
Glasgow, Scotland in 1972. He says, "apparently I would eat anything and
resembled a currant bun." As a child he was fond of drawing, the Bionic Man and
precariously swinging backwards on chairs. He graduated from the Glasgow School
of Art in 1994 with a First in Illustration and then 'spent two years in
London cultivating exotic image of scribbling Scotsman abroad' before returning
Ross has illustrated over fifty children's books so far of which he also wrote five: The Elephantom, Germs, Alvie Eats Soup, Busy Night and The Sea Hole.
He has an impressive number of awards under his belt, including MacMillan First
Prize for The Sea Hole; a Blue
Ribbon Award (US) for Supposing;
an Oppenhiem Award for Alvie Eats Soup, and a White Raven Award 2003 (Germany) for Busy Night. Ross has been nominated for the Blue Peter Book
Award and the Young Hoosier Book Award, and also received A Scottish Arts
Council Book Award.
Emily was born in 1972 in Brighton. She left school with
few qualifications and spent 8 years living on the road (in a variety of
vehicles including a truck, caravan and RAF petrol bus called Toby Diesel)
before settling back in Brighton
and getting a place on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Brighton
University. She lives in Brighton with her daughter Oleander, partner Mik and
two pet rats, Buttons and Mr. Moo.
Wolves, her first picture book was published in August 2005
and marked the beginning of an internationally stellar career creating
extraordinary books for children. Orange Pear Apple Bear was published in March 2006 and was followed by Meerkat
Mail in August 2006.
Wolves has been received with great acclaim across the children's
book world, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2005, 5 and under Nestlé
Children's Book Prize Bronze Award 2005, the National Literacy Association Wow
Award 2006 and The English Association's Award for the Best Key Stage 1
Children's Illustrated Books of 2005 and 'Read it Again!' the Cambridgeshire
Children's Picture Book Award.
Mini Grey was given her name
after being born in a Mini in a carpark in Newport, Wales.
Mini attended Berkshire College
of Art to do a Foundation course before going on to University College, London
to do a BA Hons in English. She has also completed a Motley Theatre Design
Course. After university, Mini worked as a theatre designer for several years
before training as a primary teacher. This led to six years teaching in South
She then moved to Oxford and
started an MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton University. During her
time there she completed a project on Gulliver's Travels, turning it into a
pop-up book and animation. Mini is still teaching part time in schools in
has dabbled in many interests and hobbies including gas welding, making
flickbooks, computer animation, learning the accordion - but very badly
according she says - collecting toys and is currently studying etching.
charmed her readers with her first book, Egg Drop, a wonderful
story about an egg that has always dreamed of being able to fly, but it doesn't
really know much about making the dream a reality. The only method that seems
guaranteed to work is to get to a very high place and thenÉjump!
then, she has gone to re-write a delightful and fresh take on the traditional
tale, The Pea and the Princess and
this was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal in 2004.
Bear won the Nestle Smarties Gold
award in 2004. It is a delicious treat about a little biscuit that comes to
life and embarks on a very exciting adventure.
next book Traction Man is Here was published in April 2005. A fabulously witty story about a stylish
action hero whose life changes when his owner's granny knits him a romper suit
and matching bonnet. It was also shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
JOHN KELLY AND CATHY
John was born in Stockton-on
-Tees in the North East of England in 1964. He studied Fine Art at Hartlepool
for a year but decided to persue a commercial career and left to move to
John has worked steadily since leaving college both as an illustrator and
designer of children's books. Among his many successes as an illustrator are
the titles: The Robot Zoo and Everyday
Machines, both of which were runners
up in the prestigious Rhone Poulenc Prize, and Dragon Islands which won the Crystale Nautile in France.
As a designer he has been responsible a wide range of projects, from
illustrated non fiction such as the Dorling Kindersley Star Wars Cross-sections
books to interstitials graphics for TV.
John is passionate about the use of digital technology to create his
illustrations and has developed a new style where he paints freehand on screen,
resulting in lively illustrations.
His highly acclaimed title, Guess
Who's Coming for Dinner? produced in
collaboration with his wife Cathy Tincknell, was shortlisted for the 2005 CILIP
Kate Greenaway Medal. They have recently teamed up again on Scoop!
John and Cathy live in South London.
Award winning author and
illustrator Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh.
She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College
of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.
Much of her inspiration - and
occasionally modelling! - for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse
Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Ena and two goldfish, Bruce and
Sheila. However, it was animals of a slightly larger kind who were the
inspiration for Augustus - Catherine drew many of her initial sketches of him
whilst watching the tigers at Edinburgh Zoo!
In 2006 Catherine was awarded
the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years awards and was also
shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2006. Augustus And His Smile was selected as one of five picture
books to be featured and recommended on Channel 4's 'Richard and Judy Christmas
Party' in December 2006.
Chris Riddell is familiar to both children and adults for
his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail
and often enchanting fantasy elements.
He studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic and has
illustrated several picture books including Something Else by Kathryn Cave which was shortlisted for the
Smarties Prize and which won the Unesco Award. The Swan's Stories by Brian Alderson was shortlisted for the 1997 Kurt
Maschler Award and Castle Diary was shortlisted for the 1999 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Pirate Diary won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 and
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver won the 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Chris' popularity extends to the young teenage market with
his collaboration with Paul Stewart on the best selling Edge Chronicles series,
the ninth of which will be published later this year. For slightly younger
children his Fergus Crane adventure series, again written by Paul Stewart, has
achieved critical success with Fergus Crane winning the Smarties Gold Award and
Corby Flood winning the Smarties Silver Award. An extraordinary achievement
which cements Chris Riddell's position as one of the top illustrators working
In addition to his children's book work, Chris is a renowned
political cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. One of his claims to fame is that he was the first
cartoonist to depict William Hague in shorts; an illustration that William
Hague subsequently bought!
Chris Riddell lives in Brighton with his wife and children.