Jane Ray's truly exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally. She is one of the most talented and distinctive illustrators in the children's book world and regularly exhibits her work at various galleries. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation; The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's recent books for Orchard include the delightful and original fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy and the fabulously festive Twelve Days of Christmas. Jane lives in London. Nigel has written many, many books for children, including My Dog, My Cat, My Mum and Me, illustrated by Bob Graham (Walker), and I'll Take You to Mrs Cole, illustrated by Michael Foreman (Andersen) which was Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and named Best of the Year by Federation of Children's Book Groups. Nigel lives in Western Australia with his wife and son.