11th July 2019 - This year’s Swindon Libraries Art Contest launches
15th June 2019 - Cover reveal of my 20th book (above)
12th June 2019 - Amazing shortlisted for the BookTrust Storytime Prize
24th Jan 2019 - UK Release of Amazing and Blog Tour
1st Nov 2018 - Publication of Drawing Europe Together
14th Oct 2018 - Mr Panda TV Deal Press Release
5th Oct 2018 - Steve teams with NLT and WHSmiths for Swindon Stories
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From making hats to 'baking' doughnuts, teachers from the UK to Australia have invented fun lesson plans and creative activities based on my books. I have dedicated much of this website to sharing their fantastic lesson ideas. I have indicated a recommended age group next to each lesson based on my experience from school events, but you can tailor them for just about any age group. These ideas might also be useful for librarians and booksellers, too!
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After taking redundancy from a call-centre, Steve pursued his dream job as an author and illustrator. Five years later, he has sold over one million picture books, won awards, and toured the world. Steve lives in Swindon UK, is Patron of Swindon Libraries Children's Services and designed their new children's library card. Steve plays an active role with the National Literacy Trust and Beanstalk. His Mr Panda series has been optioned for TV. He also illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up and a cover of The Famous Five.
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 am currently planning more with Swindon Libraries. Above is the children's library card I recently designed for Swindon Borough.
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When I Grow Up
Collaborating with Tim Minchin and adapting his song, When I Grow Up from Matilda the Musical, into a picture book was a dream and my first time illustrating a book I hadn't written. For the launch Tim and I performed at Leicester Square Theatre and posed in the window at Waterstones Piccadilly (above). Press the link below to see all related blog posts (lots of behind the scenes stuff) or visit Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up webpage.
A boy teaches his pet dragon, Zibbo, how to laugh, sing, fly, and swing. They are good, bad, happy and sad together. They are just like everyone else. This is the premise for Amazing, a book I'm working on. I'm incredibly passionate about this one because I feel there isn't enough 'incidental inclusion' in picture books. The story was inspired by my time working as a Special Needs Support Worker.