Since his 2014 debut, multi award-winning Steve Antony has so far written and illustrated 16 picture books and sold over one million copies worldwide. Steve illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up and a cover of the Famous Five: Five Have a Wonderful Time. He plays an active role in his local community as Patron to Swindon Libraries Children's Services and recently designed their library card. He is involved with UK literacy charities The National Literacy Trust and Beanstalk and a vocal advocate for more incidental inclusiveness in children’s literature, having written several articles on the subject. Steve is on the Society of Authors CWIG committee (Children’s Writing and Illustration Group).
His Mr Panda series has sold over 700,000 copies and was recently optioned for TV by Magic Light Pictures.
HIs highly acclaimed The Queen's Hat (the first instalment of the Queen Collection) was adapted into a musical concert by the London Symphony Orchestra and won the Evening Standard's Oscars Book Prize. His Queen's Hat inspired Shaun the Sheep statue raised £15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.
He has contributed work to the LGBTQ+ Pride YA anthology and Drawing Europe Together.
He is red-green colour-blind which influences his work.
Steve’s dad is a farrier and his mum is an artist and manager of a Sue Ryder charity shop. He studied at Anglia Ruskin University after taking voluntary redundancy from a Swindon call centre. Steve was part-raised in New Mexico and now lives in Swindon UK with his husband and cat.
Steve is represented by Elizabeth Roy Literary Agency.
Books written and illustrated by Steve Antony:
AMAZING (coming Jan '19)
GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES - Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Longlisted for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) 2017 Award
THE QUEEN'S HAT - Won the Oscars Book Prize, Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Prize, Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Shortlisted for the 'Read it Again' Award, Shortlisted for the Sheffield's Children's Book Award, Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, Adapted into a LSO concert
THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG
THE QUEEN'S PRESENT
THE QUEEN'S LIFT-OFF (coming Sept '18)
PLEASE, MR PANDA - Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016, Winner of the Oxfordshire Book Awards (picture book category), Winner of the Early Years Niagara Literary Award, Longlisted for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) 2016 Award, Shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2016, Gold Star Award from NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards), Picture Book of the Month at Barnes & Noble, Honoured by Society Of Illustrators
I'LL WAIT, MR PANDA
THANK YOU, MR PANDA
GOODNIGHT, MR PANDA
MR PANDA'S COLOURS
MR PANDA'S FEELINGS
BETTY GOES BANANAS - Shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2015
BETTY GOES BANANAS IN HER PYJAMAS - Shortlisted for the Dundee Book Award
MONSTER IN THE HOOD - Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Shortlisted for the St.Helens Schools Library Service Book Awards 2017
Books illustrated by Steve Antony:
FAMOUS FIVE: FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME (cover art)
TIM MINCHIN'S WHEN I GROW UP
Books Steve has contributed art to:
PROUD (coming soon)
DRAWING EUROPE TOGETHER (coming soon)