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Helen Stephens - Author

About the Author

Helen Stephens grew up in County Durham and currently lives in London with her partner and baby girl. She studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art and began working as a freelance illustrator in 1994. She worked as an editorial illustrator for a few years before writing her first book in 1998. She has written and illustrated many popular books for children which have been published worldwide in a variety of languages. Her clients include Alison Green Books, Egmont Children's Books, David Fickling Books, Random House, Macmillan, Puffin, Nickelodeon, and many more. As well as writing her own stories she has also produced books in collaboration with other authors including Roger McGough, Simon Mason and Sophie Hannah. Fleabag has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Fun Story With Pictures Award 2009, Blue Horse and Tilly won Best World Theme Story in 2002, Twinkly Night was shortlisted for the Sainsburies Baby Book Award 2002 and Poochie-Poo won the AOI Images Silver award 2003. Helen is a lecturer on Cambridge School of Art's MA in Illustrating for Children.

Featured books by Helen Stephens

Other books by Helen Stephens

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas PB

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas PB

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

When Iris and her lion are forced to spend Christmas apart, the lion embarks on a festive, snowy adventure to find her - and almost bumps into Father Christmas! The fourth irresistible book about Iris and her lion is destined to be a Christmas classic.

DEAN Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

DEAN Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Visiting Grandma and Grandad is always so much fun! But the first time Betsy has a sleepover, she sees some scary shadows at bedtime . . .

DEAN Betsy Goes to School

DEAN Betsy Goes to School

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

From Helen Stephens, author and illustrator of How to Hide a Lion, Fleabag, and Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, comes a brilliant first experiences series, perfect for children aged 2+. Today is Betsy's first day at school. But when she arrives, it's very noisy and she doesn't know anyone. Betsy doesn't want Daddy to go and she holds on to his buttons. But who is that little girl playing tea parties by herself in her very own pretend-cafe? A new friend for Betsy perhaps!

The Problem with Penguins

The Problem with Penguins

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

It's hard when you have to share everything with your baby brother. Tofta doesn't want to at all. So when an iceberg drifts past her window, she decides that it's her iceberg and she's not going to share it with anyone. But when five hundred playful penguins turn up, Tofta finds that sharing can be great fun, too. A brand new edition of this funny, atmospheric story about learning to share by author/illustrator of the award-winning HOW TO HIDE A LION.

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Iris and her lion go everywhere together. But when Christmas comes and the family are going away, Mum says the lion must stay behind. After all, you can't take a lion on a train. Luckily the lion has other ideas. He sets off on a festive, snowy adventure to find Iris - and almost bumps into Father Christmas! The fourth irresistible book about Iris and her lion is destined to be a Christmas classic.

C mo Esconder un Le n

C mo Esconder un Le n

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

C mo Esconder un Le n en la Escuela

C mo Esconder un Le n en la Escuela

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

How to Hide a Lion at School Gift edition

How to Hide a Lion at School Gift edition

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Board book Release Date: 06/07/2017

Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger Gift edition

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger Gift edition

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Board book Release Date: 04/05/2017

Gracie Grabbit is going to the zoo with her dad, but she has one problem - her dad's a cheeky robber! She needs to stop him spoiling her day, but how? Luckily, a friendly tiger is on hand to help out - with lots of fun and mix-ups along the way. Painted in Helen's much-loved retro style, and introducing a brand new cast of characters, GRACIE GRABBIT AND THE TIGER is the exciting new picture book from award-winning author/illustrator Helen Stephens.

How to Hide a Lion

How to Hide a Lion

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2016

Helen Stephens' bestselling story HOW TO HIDE A LION (9781407121611) is now available in a chunky board book format, perfect for babies and toddlers. How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Of course, Iris can't hide her lion forever. But when he's finally discovered, the whole town realises how brave and kind he really is - just as Iris always said.

How to Hide a Lion at School

How to Hide a Lion at School

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Board book Release Date: 05/05/2016

When Grandma comes to stay, Iris has to hide her lion, as grandmas can get anxious if they find a lion in the house. But Grandma is acting suspiciously, too, and Iris is sure she has a secret of her own. To Iris's great surprise, it turns out that Grandma is hiding a bear in her bedroom! Now in a chunky board book format, this warm and funny follow-up to the prize-winning, bestselling picture book, HOW TO HIDE A LION, is certain to be another winner with children everywhere.

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Gracie Grabbit is going to the zoo with her dad, but she has one problem - her dad's a cheeky robber! She needs to stop him spoiling her day, but how? Luckily, a friendly tiger is on hand to help out - with lots of fun and mix-ups along the way. Painted in Helen's much-loved retro style, and introducing a brand new cast of characters, GRACIE GRABBIT AND THE TIGER is the exciting new picture book from award-winning author/illustrator Helen Stephens.

How to Hide a Lion Gift Set

How to Hide a Lion Gift Set

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2015

This fabulous HOW TO HIDE A LION gift-set contains a mini-hardback edition of the classic story by Helen Stephens, and a gorgeous, cuddly lion toy. HOW TO HIDE A LION tells the funny and heart-warming story of Iris, a little girl who strikes up a very special friendship with a lion.

Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2015

From Helen Stephens, author and illustrator of How to Hide a Lion, Fleabag, and Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, comes a brilliant first experiences series, perfect for children aged 2+ Visiting Grandma and Grandad is always so much fun! But the first time Betsy has a sleepover, she sees some scary shadows at bedtime . . . These fun, reassuring and heart-warming stories are great for introducing concepts. Little ones will love relating to Betsy's early experiences. Have you collected all of Betsy's adventures? Besty Goes to School Betsy Goes to the Doctor Betsy Makes a Splash Betsy Visits her Grandparents

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

When Grandma comes to stay, Iris has to hide her lion, as grandmas can get anxious if they find a lion in the house. But Grandma is acting suspiciously, too, and Iris is sure she has a secret of her own. To Iris's great surprise, it turns out that Grandma is hiding a bear in her bedroom! This warm and funny follow-up to the prize-winning, bestselling picture book, HOW TO HIDE A LION, is certain to be another winner with children everywhere.

Fleabag

Fleabag

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

One scruffy little dog needs a home . . . One lonely little boy wants a dog . . . Then one day, they find each other, and it's the start of a wonderful friendship. But there is great drama along the way before the two can finally be together, and Fleabag at long last finds the loving home he's been looking for. This new edition of the much-loved, prize-winning picture book has a stylish, brand-new cover. The illustrations are charming, with a storyline that tugs at your heart-strings in all the right places. Lovely! Parent Talk

How to Hide a Lion

How to Hide a Lion

Author: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. But Iris can't hide her lion forever, and when her mum discovers him, he has to run away and hide all on his own. When the lion sees three robbers stealing from the town hall, it's his chance to show everyone that he is, after all, a kind (and very brave) lion - just like Iris always said

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