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Michael Rosen, Nick Sharratt, Jill Marshall – here at About books we’ve met them all! Find out what they had to say for themselves…

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Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg, Germany. He went from school to study History of Art at the University of Hamburg, but after starting the course, he knew it wasn’t right for him and decided to leave. He wanted to live in another country and learn a second language so he moved to England, but he still likes to make trips to Europe

Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon lives in Brighton with her husband and three children aged 16, 12 and eight. She started her career as a graphic designer, then went on to illustrate a range of products, such as funky calendars, mugs, games and greetings cards, before turning her talented hand to children’s books

Ian Whybrow

Ian Whybrow is married and divides his time between Harrow, Middlesex and his writer’s retreat in Herefordshire. He spent most of his working life running an English department and a sixth form at a school, although he has tried his hand at many things including being a farmhand, deckchair attendant, management trainee for an oil company, copywriter, cellarman, travel guide and more

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen has been appointed the new children’s laureate. He talks to Charlotte Ronalds about poetry, phonics and why teachers should reclaim the classroom

Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharatt studied at St Martin’s School of Art in London and has worked as an illustrator ever since. Eating is Nick Sharratt’s favourite pastime and food often crops up in his work, including Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly!, I Went to the Zoopermarket and Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? Nick has won many book awards for his wonderful colourful tales

Janey Louise Jones

Janey Louise Jones is best known for her Princess Poppy series. She talks about her passion for writing, why truth it stranger than fiction, and her love of Belgian chocolates

Sue Bentley

Sue Bentley has been obsessed by books and reading since she was a little girl. A career in fiction seemed on the cards…

Betty G Birney

Betty G Birney wrote her first story aged seven – and never stopped. She is currently enjoying success with her loveable and heroic hamster creation, Humphrey

Jill Marshall

Jill Marshall turned her back on a successful career in human resources to follow her dream of becoming an author. She tells us why she’s never looked back

Jan Pienkowski

With the 35th anniversary of Meg and Mog, the series’ illustrator reflects on a career in illustration and holds an illustration masterclass for children

Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes is one of Britain’s most respected and trusted illustrators. Her lovable creation, Alfie, is currently celebrating his 25th birthday, so ChildEd PLUS Charlotte Ronalds decided to join the festivities…

Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is a man of many talents: illustrator, cartoonist, author and, with his groundbreaking new book, the saviour of children’s reading.