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Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Chris is originally from Bradford and studied illustration and graphic design at Bradford College of Art. In 2000 he moved to France where, amongst other things, he was an English teacher before working in newspaper layout and design.
When his children were small he realised he loved the picture books he read to them, sometimes even more than his children did – the Picture Book Bug had truly bitten.
Chris has since written and illustrated several books and is currently thinking about the next one, probably with a cuppa in hand at home near Limoges.
He likes listening to and making music, wandering around the countryside, a bit of running and riding a bike. His favourite season is autumn and his favourite colour is green.

Clare Owen

Clare is a UK-based illustrator, who graduated from art school in 2009 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since! Clare works on a big variety of fun projects, creating pictures and patterns for home products, stationery, story books, magazines and packaging. All influenced by her love of colour, nature and mid-century design.

Originally from Cornwall, she now lives in Bristol with her boyfriend and two cats.

Rachel Greener

Rachel Greener is a children’s books editor from London who has edited fiction, non-fiction and picture books about everything from the ancient Egyptians and ocean plastics to teenage detectives and zombie goldfish. She wrote this book because she thinks it is important that all children have a chance to see their family story reflected in a book about where babies come from.

Antoine Corbineau

Antoine is an illustrator and creative conjurer, who has worked with major brands, newspapers and advertising agencies across the world. He specialises in creating colourful, fun and beautifully striking work featuring busy patchworks of texture, imagery and typography. Antoine is a keen sailor and also loves sports that involve standing on a board, like surfing and skating … but not diving as that’s a bit scary.

Scott Allen

Scott is a children’s author and former sports journalist, who will happily watch Olympic taekwondo way past his bedtime. It has taken him over forty years to discover that he is only good at sports that involve water – swimming, water polo, Octopush and diving from the side of the pool. He’s average at everything else, so that’s why he writes about sport instead of becoming an Olympic gold medallist. Scott is the football-mad author of Llamas Go Large and Llamas United and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife, two children and a cat.

Sol Linero

Sol is a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires. Her illustrations are filled with details and beautiful colors focused on children’s products like books, puzzles, board books and memory games. Sol has worked for Airbnb, Pottery Barn Kids, Unicef and international magazines such as Oprah, Jamie Oliver, Wired and The Washington Post.

Rachel Yankey

Rachel is a tremendous ambassador for football and at one time was the highest capped player in England across both the men’s and women’s game.

Starting her career at Arsenal she moved on to short spells in Canada and the USA before becoming the first professional female footballer in 2000 when she joined Fulham. Rachel then joined Birmingham before returning to Arsenal.

Rachel runs her own business coaching football in schools and is very passionate about her work and having a positive impact in education. She is involved in various campaigns outside of football utilising interest in the game to reach wider issues.

Also well known for her media work as presenter of Cbeebies ‘Footy Pups’ as well as doing punditry for the BBC, BT, SKY, ITV and as a guest on various other shows and news shows.

Rachel was awarded an MBE in 2006 and an OBE in 2014 for her services to football.

Catherine Bruton

Catherine Bruton studied English at Oxford University and has been juggling life as a teacher, children’s author and mum for the past fifteen years. As an English teacher she sees first hand the impact stories can have on young readers – opening their eyes, expanding their horizons, making them ask questions and see the world differently. Her books tackle some of the big issues faced by young people today – terrorism, immigration, the cult of celebrity, the refugee crisis – in ways that are heart-breaking, often hilarious, but invariably hopeful. As her alter-ego Cate Shearwater, she is also the author of the much-loved Somersaults and Dreams series.

Cath Howe

Cath Howe is a teacher working in London, writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age children. Cath runs workshops in schools on everything to do with writing and performing.

Lucy Truman

Julie Sykes

As a child, Julie was always telling tales. Not the ‘she ate all the cake not me’ kind but wildly exaggerated tales of everyday events. Julie still loves telling stories. She’s written 90 books for children of all ages and is published around the world.

Julie lives in Hampshire in an old cottage with her family and a white wolf – cunningly disguised as a dog. When she’s not writing she likes eating cake, reading and walking, often at the same time.

Marion Billet

Marion Billet was born in 1982 in Lyon, France. After school she studied children’s book illustration at the Emile Cohl School. Marion has had around 80 children’s books published in 11 different countries. Her adorable characters have appeared in magazines, on stationery and toys, as well as on children’s furniture and clothes. For fun, Marion loves to dance. She currently lives in Paris, with her husband and their daughter.