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Steve Smallman - Author

About the Author

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics. 

I've  been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

 

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

Featured books by Steve Smallman

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Keep Running Gingerbread Man A Story About Keeping Active

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Keep Running Gingerbread Man A Story About Keeping Active

5+ readers

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Neil Price Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2015

The Gingerbread Man has to run as fast as he can - or he'll be eaten! Follow the Gingerbread Man as he runs away from the little old woman, the little old man, the cow, the horse and the fox! Learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in this hilarious story all about exercise. Keep Running Gingerbread Man is one title from the Fairytales Gone Wrong series. This series is a welcome addition for parents looking for picture books with a message. The Fairytales Gone Wrong series includes: Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair! Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty Eat your Greens, Goldilocks Blow your Nose, Big Bad Wolf Give us a Smile, Cinderella Keep Running, Gingerbread Man

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Give Us a Smile Cinderella A Story About Personal Hygiene

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Give Us a Smile Cinderella A Story About Personal Hygiene

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Steve Smallman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2015

Learn the importance of brushing your teeth in this hilarious twist of the classic fairytale! Every day Cinderella brushes her teeth twice whilst her two sisters eat cakes and sweets all day, can her sparkling smile take her from rags to riches? Follow Cinderella in this hilarious twist of the classic fairytale and discover why it's important to brush your teeth. Give Us A Smile Cinderella is one title from the Fairytales Gone Wrong series. This series is a welcome addition for parents looking for picture books with a message. The Fairytales Gone Wrong series includes: Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair! Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty Eat your Greens, Goldilocks Blow your Nose, Big Bad Wolf Give us a Smile, Cinderella Keep Running, Gingerbread Man

Other books by Steve Smallman

The Moose Fairy

The Moose Fairy

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Steve Smallman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2021

Moose has always wanted to be a fairy... He joins The Secret Fairy Club, but when he arrives he realises that everyone else is... little! Moose completes all the club tasks, but the members say he just doesn't fit in. But will they change their mind after Moose saves them from a nasty Fox? A funny and touching picture book, with a positive message about being kind and accepting those who are different from ourselves. Includes discussion points for parents and teachers to build understanding and enjoyment of the story and the morals behind it.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bunny?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bunny?

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Caroline Pedler Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2021

Four very hungry bunnies have run out of carrots! One by one they hop off to the vegetable patch. But someone is lying in wait. Someone BIG... and BAD! A fabulous, funny story about a big, bad bunny, and how to stop bullies like him!

The Crocodile Who Came for Dinner

The Crocodile Who Came for Dinner

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Joelle Dreidemy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Hotpot and Wolf have found an egg. A CROCODILE egg! Is the crocodile a fearsome, ferocious beast? No! He's snuggly, cuddly and looking for some friends. A book about challenging stereotypes and finding friends.

The Mysterious Bird in the Moonlight

The Mysterious Bird in the Moonlight

Author: Steve Smallman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

Little Bunny's Book of Thoughts

Little Bunny's Book of Thoughts

Author: Steve Smallman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2020

Poo in the Zoo: The Great Poo Mystery

Poo in the Zoo: The Great Poo Mystery

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Ada Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

SPLAT PATTER PLOP! Zookeeper Bob's super-duper pooper scooper robot has disappeared and the POO is piling UP! Is this a DOO-DOO disaster? Or can Arabella Slater - Poo Investigator - save the day? Children will love this riotously funny sequel to Amazon bestseller Poo in the Zoo. Perfect for existing fans or newcomers who loved The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, this rollicking, rhyming text packed with EVEN MORE POO will have everyone howling with laughter. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 13.3px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 13.3px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

Noah and his Animals Step by Step with Steve Smallman

Noah and his Animals Step by Step with Steve Smallman

Author: Steve Smallman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2020

Have fun with this fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Noah and his whole arkful of animals. Based on expert illustrator Steve Smallman's drawing workshops, it is full of witty illustrations with clear instructions to make these drawings fun and easy for children to recreate. Become a top artist in no time!

A Friend for Bear

A Friend for Bear

Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Caroline Pedler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

It's spring! And Little Bear is in a hurry to smell the flowers, see the baby animals, and find a friend! But can she take the time to enjoy it? And will she realise that the friend she's been searching for has been with her all along? A book of mindfulness for busy bears.

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