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Lydia Monks - Illustrator

Lydia Monks is one of the most original and bestselling picture book artists working today. Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Mouse’s Big Day, written and illustrated by Lydia, is the first book in her new Twit Twoo School series. Lydia lives in Sheffield.

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Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

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Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Lydia Monks

What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories CD
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Four favourite stories from Julian Donaldson and Lydia Monks are included on this cd together. Ideal listening for long car journeys! A review for What the Ladybird Heard: Bestselling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have teamed...
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Format: Other book format | Released 13/07/2017
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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star of What the Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird's old adversaries, Lanky Len and Hefty...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/06/2017
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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Princess and the Wizard
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Picture Book for kids that love Magic. New fangled techniques can spoil a good story but here, the use of glitter on every page is nothing short of inspirational and provides that wonderful opportunity for children to...
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Format: Board book | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, March 2016 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Julia Donaldson, former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; he's happy when the children are...
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Format: Board book | Released 31/12/2015
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The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Award winning Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit's poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find...
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Format: Board book | Released 31/12/2015
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird!...
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Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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Go, Go, Gorilla
Lydia Monks
When a gorilla comes to stay, the little girl wants to make sure her friend has a great time. She selects the menu carefully – lots of bananas – and takes him out in the snow. Skiing and skating isn't...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Princess Mirror-Belle
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A collection of funny and exciting Princess Mirror-Belle adventures from the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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Sharing a Shell
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A brilliant board book from the creators of WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD
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Format: Board book | Released 07/05/2015
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The Singing Mermaid
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks

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Format: Board book | Released 07/05/2015
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Mungo Monkey Goes on a Train
Lydia Monks
March 15 Book of the Month It's great to see Mungo Monkey having a new adventure, and this time he and his little sister Mimi are going on a train with their grandparents – how exciting! Pre-school children will love...
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Format: Novelty book | Released 26/02/2015
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Best-selling Julia Donaldson has created a new story for the popular Princess Mirror-Belle in this gorgeously glittery book. Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She's just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Best-selling Julia Donaldson has created a new story for the popular Princess Mirror-Belle in this gorgeously glittery book. Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She's just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/09/2014
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Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
May 2014 Book of the Month Julia Donaldson, former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse;...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2014
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Little Big Mouth
Jeanne Willis - illustrated by Lydia Monks
December 2013 Book of the Month “Fat Faced, Jelly Bellied, Worm Tailed” – these are some of the insults that Little Green Monster selects to hurl at a newcomer to school. But Little Green Monster has made a very big...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/12/2013
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Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
October 2013 Book of the Month Julia Donaldson, former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse;...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2013
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The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Award winning Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit's poems...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/05/2012
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The Singing Mermaid
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Best-selling author Julia Donaldson captures the magic of the mermaid's song in this dramatic story of how a mermaid is lured from her beautiful home by the sea to the circus to sing for the crowds. How she escapes with...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/04/2012
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What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book)
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category). Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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Babbit
Lydia Monks
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Best-selling author/illustrator Lydia Monks has a gift for entertaining and dramatic picture books. Babbit, a lovely Blue Rabbit, is happily enjoying a picnic when it is captured by the Witchy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2011
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What The Ladybird Heard Sound Book
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson takes readers on an exciting adventure in a farmyard during which a ladybird manages to stop a daring robbery. Listening to all the sounds around her, the ladybird picks up the thieves' dastardly plan and tells...
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Format: Novelty book | Released 01/07/2011
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The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Award winning Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit's poems...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/06/2011
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What The Ladybird Heard
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Picture Book for kids that love Animals. Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category). Bestselling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2010
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Princess And The Wizard
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Picture Book for kids that love Magic. New fangled techniques can spoil a good story but here, the use of glitter on every page is nothing short of inspirational and provides that wonderful opportunity for children to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2007
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Princess And The Wizard
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
A Picture Book for kids that love Magic. New fangled techniques can spoil a good story but here, the use of glitter on every page is nothing short of inspirational and provides that wonderful opportunity for children to...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2006
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Sharing a Shell
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by Lydia Monks
The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it - not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks, and soon he finds...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2005
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Green Bananas: Shout, Show and Tell!
Kate Agnew - illustrated by Lydia Monks
Containing three related short stories in and around the classrom for first readers this book is ideal for children who are beginning to want to read longer stories than those in most picture books. There is only a small amount...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2004
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