Julia Donaldson is the author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics <i>The Gruffalo </i>and<i> The Gruffalo's Child</i>, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011–13, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has been honoured with a CBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.
Emily Gravett has a rare talent indeed for creating exceptional books for children. The winner of two CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, her skill and wit are second to none. Emily first sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking <i>Wolves</i> in 2005, which has been followed by such modern classics as <i>Meerkat Mail</i>, <i>Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears</i>, <i>Monkey and Me</i> and <i>Again!</i> and the fabulous <i>Bear and Hare </i>series for younger readers, as well as the beautiful <i>Tidy</i>, <i>Old Hat </i>and <i>Cyril and Pat</i>. Each book is unique and different from the last – and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Emily lives in Brighton with her family.