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Jane Ray - Illustrator

From stranded mermaids and flying camels to golden statues and dancing princesses, Jane Ray’s distinctive style has established her as a successful picture book artist, recognized in Britain, Europe and the U.S. Known mainly for her books for children, Jane has also designed greetings cards, posters and book jackets.

Jane has worked with many authors, including Michael Rosen, Berlie Doherty, Jeanette Winterson and Vikram Seth. Her work is published by Walker Books, Orchard Books, Bloomsbury, and Transworld, amongst others; she has illustrated several volumes for the Folio Society and a Garden of Eden for the Eden Project in Cornwall. She is also involved with the In the Picture project, which aims to promote the inclusion of disabled children in early years picture books and stories. Jane often gives workshops in schools and at festivals, as well as exhibiting work around the country. Jane has also produced a DVD (in conjunction with Children’s Authors TV) which shows her at work both in her studio and at a local
primary school.

Jane lives in North London with her husband (conductor David Temple) and their three children. She works in a studio at the end of the garden. She enjoys music, reading, gardening and the company of friends, family and her two cats.

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The Glassmaker's Daughter
Dianne Hofmeyr - illustrated by Jane Ray
Jane Ray's sparkling, jewel-like illustrations are the perfect match for Diane Hofmeyr's story, part fairytale, part history, set in 13th century Venice. Daniela is the daughter of one of Venice's famous glassmakers and to her father's dismay she's always glum....
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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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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Heartsong
Kevin Crossley-Holland - illustrated by Jane Ray
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award An extraordinary illustrated tale set within the dark mystery of Venice and composer Vivaldi's life about an orphan who finds her voice and future through the healing power of music - created by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Zeraffa Giraffa
Dianne Hofmeyr - illustrated by Jane Ray
A giraffe in Paris! The idea sounds ridiculous but this beautiful picture book tells the true story of how the Pasha of Egypt sent a young giraffe called Zeraffa as a gift to the King of France. Captured on the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Greek Myths Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea
Sally Pomme Clayton - illustrated by Jane Ray
A beautiful edition of ten of the best loved Greek myths, each exquisitely illustrated by Jane Ray, are gathered together is this lovely edition. The story of Pandora and her box which she is told not to open; Pegasus, the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Zeraffa Giraffa
Dianne Hofmeyr - illustrated by Jane Ray
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A giraffe in Paris! The idea sounds ridiculous but this beautiful picture book tells the true story of how the Pasha of Egypt sent a young giraffe called Zeraffa as a gift...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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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 Lion Classic Christmas Stories
Mary Joslin - illustrated by Jane Ray
Award-winning Jane Ray's beautiful illustrations bring these stories which capture some of the traditions as Christmas from far and wide vividly to life. The collection includes the traditional story of the Nativity as well as Hans Christian Andersen's cautionary tale,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2013
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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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Greek Myths Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea
Sally Pomme Clayton - illustrated by Jane Ray
A beautiful edition of ten of the best loved Greek myths, each exquisitely illustrated by Jane Ray, are gathered together is this lovely edition. The story of Pandora and her box which she is told not to open; Pegasus, the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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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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Stories for a Fragile Planet
Kenneth Steven - illustrated by Jane Ray
Ten stories from different times and different places demonstrate the importance of looking after the earth and the creatures that live on it. Each story tells how mutual respect will lead us to have the planet we want and guide...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2010
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