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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.
Helen Stephens' bestselling story 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. This is one of the loveliest picture books of the year. A wonderful warm-hearted story of friendship with plenty of humour thrown in. And from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo - 'Funny and warm-hearted. I loved reading this with my daughter'
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Children | 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.
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who already lives on it has different views! And so do his five hundred friends. Helped by the penguins, soon Tofta learns that sharing can be the greatest fun.
How a lonely and unloved little dog proves his worth and so becomes a proper pet is a touching story. Scruffy and shaggy, the little dog is all alone in world – except for the fleas that never leave him. He is chased away from everywhere; no one wants to play with him just because he is so very scruffy. And then he makes a friend. When it looks like they are going to be forced to part, Fleabag steps in and does something very brave and sensible. Now he has a home, a family and, finally, no more fleas. Only the name Fleabag sticks. And it suits him! Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for ‘the funniest story with pictures’.
My Wish For Christmas is a heartfelt story about why Christmas is so special memorable and makes a wonderful Christmas Eve bedtime story or Christmas Day gift. Beautifully illustrated it narrates the story of why Christmas is remembered by the rabbit, the fox, the bear, the bird, the mouse and the deer. Do you know how the rabbit got her white fluffy tail, or the mouse his pink tail? Why does the dear have antlers or the fox have a white beard? Find out how with this delightful colour illustrated gift book. My Wish For Christmas tells the story of why the animals remember the magic of Christmas and ends with the most precious childhood wish of all - to always remind us of the importance of Christmas. With space for a personalised message in the front, this hardback book makes a marvellous festive keepsake gift.
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.
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.
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.
This Is Me is a colourful journal for exploring the uniqueness that makes you who you are. Featuring original artwork, it consists of 9 sections with fun questions and activities dedicated just to you, allowing you to connect with your emotions on a wonderful journey of exploration and discovery: 1. Who I Am 2. Friends & Family 3. Education & Work 4. Sections of Four 5. Fashion, Films & Fixtures 6. Books, Art & Music 7. Food & Parties 8. Home & Away 9. Lists of Seven A wonderful gift for friends, family or as a treat to yourself, This Is Me gives you space for the self-care and `me' time we all deserve. Designed for you to dip in and out of in any order and at your own pace, This Is Me provides the opportunity to put down digital devices, switch off the TV, pick up a pen and snuggle under the covers of this fabulous journal. This Is Me is one of three hand-painted journals in the Mindful Collection. Discover Forward Thinking: A Wellbeing, Happiness & Fulfilment Journal and Wonderful Days: A Mindful, Daily Positivity Journal.
Wonderful Days is a delightful gratitude journal that helps you seek out something wonderful in every day, capturing at least one good memory or thought a day and promoting positivity over the whole year. A touching gift for someone special, or yourself, to jot down all the great things in life, literally counting your blessings. Wonderful Days contains 12 months of beautifully hand-painted weekly spreads, punctuated with happiness quotes, for you to write just a few lines reflecting on the positives from each day whether it be about your family, your child, your relationship, your career, your friends, your hobbies, your journey, your recovery or even your pet. Wonderful Days will help you take a break from the electronic world and give thanks for all the good stuff, with using a gratitude journal at the end of every day or just before going to bed found to promote positivity, reduce stress and improve sleep. Wonderful Days can be used individually, by a couple or family. Wonderful Days is one of three hand-painted journals in the Mindful Collection. Discover This Is Me: A Mindful, Autobiographical Journal and Forward Thinking: A Wellbeing, Happiness & Fulfilment Journal.
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