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Lydia Monks - Author

About the Author

Lydia Monks is one of the most original picture book artists working today. Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the author and illustrator of the preschool picture book series Twit Twoo School. Lydia lives in Sheffield.

Photo credit - Rob King


Things you didn't know about Lydia Monks:

   1. She has ginger hair.
   2. She goes to tango classes.
   3. She has a sister called Julie who also illustrates children’s books.
   4. She doesn’t have any pets but would like some.
   5. She always talks to cats in the street.
   6. She listens to the radio all day while she works.
   7. She has won medals and trophies for Irish dancing.
   8. She used to have an old, green car that was born in the 1970s, which people used to laugh at.
   9. She uses teeny, weeny brushes to work with.
  10. She has a husband who is also an illustrator.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

Featured books by Lydia Monks

Other books by Lydia Monks

Rabbit Races Ahead!

Rabbit Races Ahead!

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

Rabbit Races Ahead! is a wonderfully warm story about empathy and kindness, perfect for preschool readers. It's Sports Day at Twit Twoo School and all of the children are very excited. But no one is more excited than Rabbit. She's decided that she is going to win every race, and has been practising very hard. But as Rabbit wins medal after medal, she seems to be losing friend after friend. Perhaps they are getting tired of her boasting. And now there is just one big race to go. Will Rabbit keep her eyes on the prize, or might there still be time for her to learn that being kind can feel every bit as good as winning? Join Rabbit, Frog, Mouse, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children. Twit Twoo School: warm and witty stories, perfect for every preschooler. Share more exciting school adventures in Mouse's Big Day and Frog Hops Off!

Frog Hops Off!

Frog Hops Off!

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

Frog Hops Off! is a warm and funny adventure story celebrating self-confidence and individuality, perfect for preschool readers. Frog is always bouncy, but today he is bouncier than usual! He can't wait to go exploring underground with Miss Hoot and all his friends from Twit Twoo School. But when Frog gets over-excited and hops off on his own, he soon realizes he doesn't know the way back again . . . Join in the fun in this heart-warming adventure story, with a gentle message about listening carefully in class. Join Frog, Rabbit, Mouse, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children. Twit Twoo School: warm and witty stories, perfect for every preschooler. Share more exciting school adventures in Mouse's Big Day and Rabbit Races Ahead!

Mouse's Big Day

Mouse's Big Day

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Mouse's Big Day is a warm and funny story about friendship, that's perfect for any child who is starting school or nursery. It's Mouse's first day at school and she's feeling a little nervous . . . in fact, she doesn't want to go at all. Luckily, there's a class full of new friends waiting for her and lots of fun to be had at Twit Twoo School. Can Mouse find the confidence to join in with her classmates and learn just how brilliant school can be? Join Mouse, Frog, Rabbit, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children. Share more exciting school adventures at Twit Twoo School in Frog Hops Off! and Rabbit Races Ahead!

Mouse's Big Day

Mouse's Big Day

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Mouse's Big Day is a warm and funny story about friendship, that's perfect for any child who is starting school or nursery. It's Mouse's first day at school and she's feeling a little nervous . . . in fact, she doesn't want to go at all. Luckily, there's a class full of new friends waiting for her and lots of fun to be had at Twit Twoo School. Can Mouse find the confidence to join in with her classmates and learn just how brilliant school can be? Join Mouse, Frog, Rabbit, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children. Twit Twoo School: warm and witty stories, perfect for every preschooler. Share more exciting school adventures in Frog Hops Off! and Rabbit Races Ahead!

Mici'r Mwnci'n Mynd i'r Ysgol

Mici'r Mwnci'n Mynd i'r Ysgol

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Mici'r Mwnci a'r Parti Pen-Blwydd

Mici'r Mwnci a'r Parti Pen-Blwydd

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2014

Ooo, Ooo, Ooo Gorilla

Ooo, Ooo, Ooo Gorilla

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

A zany, funny and heart-warming read-aloud picture book about a gorilla who comes to stay, from the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Hooray! Gorilla has come to stay. He crashes through the door full of excitement and anticipation. And at first he's not disappointed. The family have thought of everything to make him comfortable. But then it begins to snow...and although Gorilla likes the look and taste of snow, he's not a natural at all the snow-related activities they try. With skiing and skating, he wibbles and wobbles all over the place before falling over. Ooo, ooo, ooo, he cries. He doesn't like it. Even his snowman falls on top of him! So how can the little boy make him feel better? By finding something Gorilla is good at, that's how. And Ooo, ooo, ooo , it turns out to be something that's very exciting! The illustrator behind famous titles by Julia Donaldson such as The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit proves she is an author in her own right with Ooo, ooo, ooo, Gorilla.

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/05/2007

A rip-roaring read-aloud (shout-aloud) picture book about a spider who wants to be the family pet from the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry: AAAARRGGHH, Spider! The illustrator of Julia Donaldson's famous titles such as The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit proves she is an author in her own right with this best-selling picture book story.

Aaaarrgghh Spider!

Aaaarrgghh Spider!

Author: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

A rip-roaring shout-aloud picture book about a spider who wants to be the family pet from the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house she lives in are terrified of her! Whenever she tries to show them what a great pet she would make, they just scream, AAAARRGGHH, SPIDER! A delightfully funny story all about fitting in, tolerance and making friends, vibrantly illustrated by the world-famous Lydia Monks. The illustrator of Julia Donaldson's famous titles such as The Singing Mermaid and Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox proves she is an author in her own right with this bestselling picture book story. The perfect bedtime read for kids aged 3 and up. Look out for Lydia's other titles: Eeeek Mouse, Go Go, Gorilla, and Where's Your Eee-Orrh? and the 'Mungo Monkey' series. Lydia Monks is an award-winning illustrator and author, known for her colourful picture books including I Wish I Were a Dog, Aaaarrgghh, Spider! and the Mungo Monkey series. She has is also the illustrator behind Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard, The Princess and the Wizard, The Singing Mermaid and Sugarlump and the Unicorn.

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