Born and raised in Norwich, Ben Hawkes went on to study art in Oxford, graduating with honours.
Ben has spent the last six years in London, where he works as a professional illustrator. Working within many mediums, his work ranges from pure collage to traditional drawing, painting and typography.
Bens cool and quirky illustrations have appeared in numerous children's books, including the self-penned 'What is a Crocodile's Favourite Thing?'. Some of his other happy clients include The Times, The Independent and the BBC.
London-based Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. She studied at art school in Dublin, graduating in 2002, before lending her talents to many different projects, ranging from advertising to children's books.
Yasmeen had her first children's picture book, 'Time for Bed, Fred!', published by Bloomsbury in July 2013.
She is awaiting the release of her second book, which will be published by Random House, and is already working on her third, fourth and fifth books.
Children's book illustrator Ben Mantle was born in Leamington Spa in 1980. He studied animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design before lending his magic to Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride'.
He was also part of the animation team that created the BAFTA winning 'Big and Small' CBeebies website.
Since 2008, Ben has worked as a children's book illustrator from his studio in Brighton. His work has appeared in such publications as 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit', which won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Prize 2013.
Sue Hendra's love of children's books and illustrating began at a young age, when she crafted her own story books for her friends. This passion remained with her into adulthood, and so she studied illustration at Brighton University.
Having secured work with Bloomsbury upon graduating, she has since written and illustrated books for Hodder & Stoughton, Simon & Schuster, and Random House amongst others.
Her book 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' sold 70,000 copies in the first three months. Channel 5 have also commissioned an animated series for their Milkshake children's programme based on her book 'Wanda and the Alien'.
Author and illustrator Clive McFarland has loved drawing pictures and writing stories since a young age. Hailing from Northern Ireland, he made the move to England to study graphic arts at Liverpool School of Art and Design.
After rediscovering picture books from his childhood, he realised his love of children's literature and began creating his own stories and illustrations.
Clive currently lives and works in Northern Ireland. His illustrations of friendly monsters and wildlife are inspired by the natural landscape that surrounds him. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut self-penned picture book and has begun work on his second.
Hailing from rural Lincolnshire, Mark's initial ambitions ranged from being a golfer to master Lego builder. When he found that his skills were more suited to professional doodling, he pursued a degree in illustration, graduating from Lincoln University.
Mark's mischievous illustrations have been used by publishers such as Templar, Little Tiger Press and Random House. He is the illustrator of the popular 'Stinky & Jinks' children's books.
He also illustrated Animal Adventure at London Zoo, the popular children's zoo area. This has lead to further work for the London Zoo book range, published by Bloomsbury.