Alison Jay - Author

About the Author

Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London where she now lives. After graduating she worked in animation for a short while but gradually started to get commissions in illustration. She works in Alkyd, a quick drying oil paint on paper and sometimes adds a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearance. She has worked in all areas of illustration including advertising, packaging, editorial and design. Her commissions include a 48 sheet poster for B.T, a TV commercial for Kellogg’s corn flakes and has recently illustrated the new baby range of products for Crabtree and Evelyn. She has also illustrated lots of children's books including "Picture This", "William and the night train", "The Race", "I took the moon for a walk", "The Emperors new clothes”, If Kisses were colours” , "ABC Alphabet", an unabridged fully illustrated version of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", "Listen Listen", "Welcome to the Zoo ", "A Child's first Counting Book" "Today is the Birthday of the World" and "Nursery Rhyme Rainbow". She recently worked with Aardman Animation on the development of a feature film and is currently working on a version of "The Nutcracker". Her book "Welcome to the Zoo" which is a wordless visit to a cage less "animal  hotel" has been selected as one of New York's Bank Street's 2009 best books of the year.

Featured books by Alison Jay

Other books by Alison Jay

Looking For Yesterday

Looking For Yesterday

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

How can tomorrow ever be as good as today? Afraid of tomorrow, a little boy puts all his scientific knowledge to use in an attempt to turn back time and stay in the wonderful past. Luckily, his grandfather discovers him exploring the wormholes in the garden, trying to find a way back - and by showing him the photos of some of his wonderful past experiences, reassures the boy that there is plenty to look forward to and that every day gives the chance for a new adventure. Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018.

Alison Jay's First Words

Alison Jay's First Words

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

Words and Alison Jay's distinctive artwork combine on each page to create an introduction to familiar words that children and their parents will want to return to again and again.

Alison Jay's 123

Alison Jay's 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

Alison Jay's ABC

Alison Jay's ABC

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

B is for boy . . . but in Alison Jay's ABC, B also stands for basket, beehive, and butterfly. Featuring a simple format and beautiful paintings, this acclaimed alphabet book is perfect for toddlers.

Alison Jay's Colours

Alison Jay's Colours

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

Alison Jay takes us on an exciting adventure through the world of well-loved nursery rhymes. One brave young boy discovers the colours of the rainbow. After finding all the colours, the young boy manages to bring the rainbow back with him to the real world.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

This visual feast from acclaimed illustrator Alison Jay is the perfect festive gift. On Christmas Eve, a man buys presents for the woman he loves, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree. The couple travel through town and the gifts pile up, until they get to a Christmas party so magnificent it is a little overwhelming... leading them to slip back to the quiet of home, where their partridge is waiting.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

This visual feast from acclaimed illustrator Alison Jay is the perfect festive gift. On Christmas Eve, a man buys presents for the woman he loves, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree. The couple travel through town and the gifts pile up, until they get to a Christmas party so magnificent it is a little overwhelming... leading them to slip back to the quiet of home, where their partridge is waiting.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2014

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

When young Clara is given a Nutcracker toy on Christmas Eve, she begins a magical journey to the festive Land of Sweets, meeting the evil Mouse King and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy on the way. This well-known ballet is retold for younger readers in an edition that is both exciting to read and visually stunning.

Farm Families

Farm Families

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The newset picture book from Alison Jay is a glorious trip around a classic farmyard. Meet the horse and her foal, the cow and her calves, the cockerel, hens and their chicks in this special visual adventure. Young readers will love learning the names of farm animals and their young, and in addition they will be able to spot hidden visual links from picutre to picutre, and work out the secret story about the kittens getting lost around the farm.

Alison Jay Giant Wall Cards

Alison Jay Giant Wall Cards

Author: Alison Jay Format: Cards Release Date: 01/02/2012

From cats to elephants, little ones will love learning their first animal names with these giant wall cards. They can be used as giant flash cards or mounted on a wall to make an eye catching display. Twenty-five of Alison Jay's delightful crackle-glazed illustrations make these cards perfect additions to any nursery.

Christmas Time

Christmas Time

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2011

Come on a magical festive adventure! A beautiful Christmas story told through Alison Jay's classic illustrations. Two wakeful children creep downstairs on Christmas Eve, meet Father Christmas and are taken on an amazing adventure to his home in the North Pole and back again. Each page also features a different Christmas object, which is named to encourage vocabulary building and every illustration is full of Alison Jay's trademark visual jokes and hidden links.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Alison Jay: If Kisses Were Colours

Alison Jay: If Kisses Were Colours

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2011

In each spread Janet Lawler likens kisses to colours of the rainbow, pebbles on the beach, raindrops, flowers, blankets, snowdrops in their number and beauty. The text rhymes beautifully and each spread is illuminated by Alison Jay's heartwarming and light hearted illustrations

Alison Jay ABC Flashcards

Alison Jay ABC Flashcards

Author: Alison Jay Format: Cards Release Date: 01/05/2011

These colourful flashcards offer more than just an opportunity to teach a child their ABC and expand their vocabulary. By using Alison Jay's artwork, with its hidden details and intricate scenes, the child is able to look beyond the letter and see what else is happening in the picture. With an easy-to-open,durable box, these glossy flashcards offer children the opportunity to learn letters and first words, as well as improving their observation skills.

Wheels and Wings

Wheels and Wings

Author: Alison Jay, Emma (Senior Fiction Editor) Goldhawk Format: Board book Release Date: 01/05/2011

This is the next title in touch and feel series using Alison Jay's trademark crackle-glazed artwork. It explores the theme of transport through hands-on interaction with a texture on every spread and on the cover. Transport of all kinds zooms to life beneath readers' fingertips in Touch and Feel: Wheels and Wings. Readers can prod a squishy hot-air balloon, feel the rough wood of a rowing boat or the smooth wings of an aeroplane, stroke a galloping horse's mane or a racing car's bonnet and touch a yacht's sail. This is the next in a series of touch and feel books that present Alison Jay's perenially popular artwork in an exciting new format

Rain and Shine

Rain and Shine

Author: Alison Jay, Emma (Senior Fiction Editor) Goldhawk Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Next title in touch and feel series using Alison Jay's trademark crackle-glazed artwork. Explore the theme of weather through hands-on interaction. There is a texture on every spread and on the cover. Readers can touch the sky with Rain and Shine, Alison Jay's touch-and-feel about weather. Travel through the seasons, tracing your fingers over soft snow, shiny lightning, a delicate rainbow, crunchy leaves blown in the wind, sparkling sunshine and a torrent of rain. In addition to textures, the fun rhyming text encourages the reader to look deeper into the picture to discover all the intricate details of Alison Jay's illustrations.

Alison Jay's Fairytales

Alison Jay's Fairytales

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

This changing-picture book is a magical journey through Alison Jay's colourful world of fairy tales. Each page features a different well-known fairy tale.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Alison Jay, Emma Goldhawk Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

When Clara enters the magical world of the Nutcracker, anything can happen - toys can come to life, Clara can become a real princess and her brave Nutcracker can become a real prince!

Animal Parade Stacking Boxes

Animal Parade Stacking Boxes

Author: Alison Jay Format: Other book format Release Date: 01/07/2010

Alison Jay's Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Alison Jay's Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Alison Jay takes us on an exciting adventure through the world of well-loved nursery rhymes. One brave young boy discovers the colours of the rainbow. After finding all the colours, the young boy manages to bring the rainbow back with him to the real world.

Story Time Jigsaw Book

Story Time Jigsaw Book

Author: Alison Jay, Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2009

Welcome to the Zoo

Welcome to the Zoo

Author: Alison Jay, Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2008

Take a tour through a zoo like no other, filled with mischievous monkeys, perky penguins and greedy goats. This wordless picture book encourages children's imagination and observation skills.

Alison Jay Wall Frieze

Alison Jay Wall Frieze

Author: Alison Jay, Alison Jay Format: Frieze Release Date: 01/08/2008

Alison Jay's First Picture Blocks

Alison Jay's First Picture Blocks

Author: Alison Jay, Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2008

Counting A Child's First 123

Counting A Child's First 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 30/04/2008

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2008

Counting A Child's First 123

Counting A Child's First 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

Alison Jay: A Child's First Alphabet

Alison Jay: A Child's First Alphabet

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2004

Picture This... A Child's First Picture Book

Picture This... A Child's First Picture Book

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2001

Words and images combine on each page of this picture book to create an introduction to familiar words that children and their parents will want to return to again and again.

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