Jane Ray - Author Picture

Jane Ray - Author

As a child

Jane Ray grew up in Muswell Hill, London, in a house full of books and music (her father is a pianist). She always loved to paint and draw and first started making books at the age of five. She never much enjoyed going to school as it was an interruption to what she really wanted to do and she still can’t believe that she is actually able to earn a living, staying at home and painting and drawing.

As an adult

Jane trained at art school in 3-dimensional design (ceramics, glass-blowing, furniture and jewellery design) but came back to illustration which is what she always wanted to do when she graduated. She has worked, among other things, as a life model, a special needs teacher, a telephone cleaner and a mural artist. She has three children and works from a very nice shed at the bottom of the garden.

As an artist

Jane started out, after leaving art school, by designing greetings cards, wrapping paper, book jackets and posters, and selling her paintings. However, the making of picture books has become the most important aspect of her work and she has recently begun to write as well as illustrate. She finds the picture book to be the most satisfying of art forms. She often goes into schools to talk about her books and to work with children and finds this a stimulating alternative to the blank sheet of paper.

Things you didn't know about Jane Ray:

1. Favourite food – Sunday roast with all the trimmings and all the family.
2. She has two cats.
3. She used to play the cello.
4. She doesn’t like grapefruit.
5. She wishes she could play the piano.
6. She likes to sing in the bath.
7. She doesn’t drink tea.
8. She’d be a teacher if she wasn’t an illustrator, or she’d have a flower stall.
9. She likes English weather!
10. She loves her garden studio and works there every day, after a two-mile walk each morning.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Jane Ray

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales
Jane Ray
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning illustrator Jane Ray has gathered together a wonderful collection of stories from around the world which reflect her love of all kinds of animals – real and imaginary. Beautifully illustrated,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2017
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The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales
Jane Ray

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Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/1970
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Ahmed and the Feather Girl
Jane Ray
In beautiful pictures matched by a richly-told story award-winning Jane Ray brings to life the story of a little boy and the magic that enables him to escape from his hard life. Ahmed is badly treated as a servant to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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The Emperor's Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales
Jane Ray
Award-winning Jane Ray's stunning illustrations beautifully capture the twelve folk and fairy tales she retells in this lovely collection of her own favourite stories taken from around the world. All feature birds of many kinds – real and imaginary. There...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Cinderella
Jane Ray
Award-winning Jane Ray has created a stunning version of Cinderellawhich unfolds in six beautiful three-dimensional scenes. Cinderella, herUgly Sisters, her mean step-mother, the Prince - all are brought vividlyto life against equally striking backgrounds of a drab...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Jane Ray
A truly perfect and utterly timeless version of the much-loved festive song, The Twelve Days of Christmas from an incredibly talented artist.
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Jane Ray
A truly perfect and utterly timeless version of the much-loved festive song, The Twelve Days of Christmas from an incredibly talented artist.
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2011
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Classic Fairy Tales - Illustrated Edition
Jane Ray
The twelve stories in this collection are among the best-loved and most enchanting fairy stories; classic tales that have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years. Rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2009
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