AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Hopefully you've read about You Can and the young contributors so here's a bit of info about Alex and Steve.
Alex is responsible for the idea behind You Can and spent years collecting and editing messages from children to create the text. She is passionate about ensuring children's voices are genuinely listened to. She has worked on lots of projects with children and young disabled people, as well as having worked for over 20 years in the children’s book industry. She now devotes most of her time to writing and to supporting authentic inclusion and diversity in books. She’s co-author of the picture book Max the Champion (with the wonderful Sean Stockdale and Ros Asquith), has consulted on many other inclusive and accessible books. She’s also a consultant to BookTrust, one of the founders of Outside In World and co-founder of Inclusive Minds, where she’s particularly proud to have set up the network of Inclusion Ambassadors – people with lived experience who are able to share their vital knowledge with book creators. She lives in Surrey with her family and other animals.
Steve is the amazing artist who brought the book to life. He is already the award-winning writer and illustrator of 20 picture books, 7 of which have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and is probably best known for his ongoing Mr Panda series which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Along with the award-winning modern classic The Queen’s Hat and its sequels, his other picture books include Unplugged, Amazing, Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles Betty Goes Bananas and Monster in the Hood. Steve also illustrated the all-new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adapted by Peter Bently), Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up and a 70th anniversary cover of The Famous Five. He has contributed work towards LGBTQ+ anthology Proud, Drawing Europe Together and Kind. Steve is Swindon Libraries Patron to Children’s Reading Services, an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and a committee member of The Society of Author’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group. He lives in South West England with his husband and cat.