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Michael Foreman - Author

About the Author

Michael Foreman was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit.

He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt with disarmament and received rave reviews. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty of his own books and over a hundred by authors as varied as Shakespeare, J.M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm and former Python, Terry Jones. He has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading illustrators and has won numerous prizes including the Smarties Prize, the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Francis Williams Prize (twice) and the Aigle d’Argent at the Festival International du Livre in France. Michael is married and has three sons.

He spends most of his time in London, but regularly visits St Ives, Cornwall, where he owns the painter Ben Nicholson’s old house.

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Featured books by Michael Foreman

One World

One World

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Michael Foreman’s dazzling watercolours bring the beauty of the natural world into readers’ hands in this outstanding picture book, reminding us all how precious our planet is, and how we need to care for it. A little girl watches the sun rise and then the moon as it follows, and thinks of all the creatures under the sky.  With her brother, she explores the seashore and together they create a mini-world in a rockpool. This shows them just how fragile nature is, and the threat it faces from pollution. Together brother and sister clean the pool and determine to ask other children to help.  First published thirty years ago, One World is recognised as a classic, and its message is even more important today. A beautiful, inspiring and timely book.

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

7+ readers

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Michael Foreman blends humour, sadness and romance in these irresistible retellings of classic stories that children will return to again and again. Dreamlike castles, mystical forests, inspiring heroes and terrifying villains are all brought to life in stunning watercolour illustrations full of vivid detail and enchantment.

Other books by Michael Foreman

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.

The The Mermaid's Christmas Adventure

The The Mermaid's Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2019

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

When Granny leaves her umbrella behind, Mum asks Milo to take it to her. Along the way, Milo encounters pirates, dinosaurs and aliens as he is swept into a rather unexpected and truly amazing adventure... A Sunday Times Best Children's Books of the Year. 'Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion.' Quentin Blake

Jamal's Journey

Jamal's Journey

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Jamal is a little camel so he must walk, walk, walk through the desert. One day he becomes separated from his friend, the boy, but a wise falcon helps to reunite them. They go on to explore the city and its exciting sights and sounds. A modern tale of friendship and adventure from the twice Greenaway Award-winning author/illustrator, Michael Foreman.

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