IPG Children's Publisher of the Year

Catherine and Laurence Anholt

Catherine and Laurence Anholt met when they were 18 years old. They went to art school together (Falmouth, the Royal College and the Royal Academy) and between them they have produced more than 200 children’s books, which are published in 30 languages around the world.

The Anholts’ books, which include Babies Love Books, the Anholt’s Artists Series and the Seriously Silly Stories, have won numerous awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award on two occasions.

The Anholts have been involved with many literacy projects including the government funded Book Start scheme and this work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions. They have also visited schools all over the world.

Catherine and Laurence live and work in a sunny house with a big wild garden on top of a hill overlooking the sea near Lyme Regis. Here they have two studios, which are filled with paintings, sculptures and interesting things! Their three grown up children are Claire, who works for the UN in New York and twins, Tom, an artist in Berlin and Maddy, an actor in London.

TOOT Goes To Dinosaurland is the Anholts’ first book with Nosy Crow. You can find out more at Catherine and Laurence’s website here

Philip Ardagh

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts He is probably best known for his Eddie Dickens adventures, translated into over thirty languages, and for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books…

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David Bedford

David Bedford is the author of Little Bear’s Love

David is best known for his popular picture books including Big Bear Little Bear, Mole’s in Love and It’s a George Thing, as well as The Team series of football fiction. When not visiting schools, libraries and festivals and generally doing the ‘author thing’, David likes to stay close to his home in north Norfolk, where he spends plenty of his time doing Tai Chi, swimming in the sea, writing, and thinking up new recipes to feed to his children (cinnamon egg is his newest hit).

To find out more about David, including his time as a mad scientist, see David’s website here

William Bee

William Bee is the author of Digger Dog, illustrated by Cecilia Johansson. He was born in London, but now lives in the English countryside.

As well as writing books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadow. Bee rarely leaves his tiny village, except for international skiing and vintage racing, but his daily walks lead to friendly encounters with the local wild life. He knows the local weasels, grass-snakes, moles and hedgehogs, as well as the family of deer that live in his garden.

Bee writes his books on his various typewriters – including a classic Royal Sabre and a pair of Smith Corona Super Gs. His work has been displayed in various museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Mitsukoshi Museum of Art in Japan.