Steve Antony has so far written and illustrated 12 picture books, including his 2014 debut The Queen's Hat which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and won the Evening Standard's Oscar's Book Prize. He was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Please Mr Panda, the first book in his award winning Mr Panda series. He also illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up and a cover of the Famous Five. Steve lives in Swindon, England, and is Patron to Swindon Libraries Children's Services. Visit him online at www.steveantony.com
After taking redundancy from a call-centre, I pursued my dream job. Five years later, I've written and illustrated 12 picture books, won numerous awards and toured the UK, USA, Italy and Taiwan. I illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up from his hit musical Matilda and illustrated a cover of The Famous Five. I'm a proud patron of Swindon Libraries and recently designed a new children's library card for them. I am red-green colourblind, which has influenced the way I work.
My 2014 debut The Queen's Hat won the Oscar's Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. It was adapted into a musical LSO concert, and my Shaun the Sheep sculpture (based on the book) raised £15,000 for charity. The book was simply inspired by a photo that made me chuckle. It was followed by The Queen's Handbag, The Queen's Present and the forthcoming The Queen's Lift-off. Interestingly, The Queen's Handbag was my most borrowed library book in 2017.
The popular Mr Panda series, now in many languages, began with Please Mr Panda which was read in 645 US bookstores simultaneously for Barnes and Noble's 1st nationwide Story Time. Please Mr Panda was longlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Mr Panda is my most popular series, selling over 600,000 copies worldwide.
I made a picture book about war called Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles which the Wall Street Journal said is 'comically unorthodox'. The New York Times said Betty Goes Bananas 'speaks to foot stamping the toddler in all of us'.
I recently illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up from his hit musical Matilda and the cover of The Famous Five series: Five Have A Wonderful Time.
I was part-raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now I live in Swindon, UK, which is actually where I was born.
As Patron of Swindon Libraries Children's Reading Services I regularly meet with my local librarians to brainstorm fun and creative ways to help encourage children to engage with their local library. In 2017, I held two art contests across all 15 libraries. I'm currently planning more.
I regularly attend UK literary festivals and often hold events at schools, libraries and bookshops.
When I'm not eating doughnuts, jogging in the gym to work off the doughnuts or getting lost on my way to events, I'm in my Swindon studio working on Amazing, a picture book about a disabled boy and his dragon which was inspired by my time as a part-time Special Needs Support Worker at Swindon College (out in 2019). I'm also creating more Mr Panda books and procrastinating on YouTube.
I am represented by Elizabeth Roy.
Here are some posts about me and my working process.
Here is a list of picture books I've written and illustrated:
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
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
GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES - Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Longlisted for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) 2017 Award
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
Here are the books I've illustrated:
FAMOUS FIVE: FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME (COVER)
TIM MINCHIN'S WHEN I GROW UP
THE QUEEN'S LIFT-OFF
MR PANDA'S COLOURS
MR PANDA'S FEELINGS