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Rebecca Elliott - Author

About the Author

Always the eternal daydreamer and doodler Rebecca Elliott's school project from the age of six has in it the line “When I grow up I want to be a writer and an artist”. After a brief trip into a more serious life involving gaining a degree in Philosophy followed by an insanely dull office job Rebecca returned to her childhood career plans.

Since 2002 she has written and illustrated dozens of children’s picture books including, Cub’s First Winter, Naked Trevor , The Last Tiger, Milo’s Pet Egg and Zoo Girl which was nominated for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. She has also written about her own children, one of whom has severe special needs, in her books Just Because and Sometimes which have been met with accolades from former children’s laureates Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen, five star reviews and much media coverage from, amongst others, The Independent and Radio 2.

Rebecca also teaches adult courses on writing and illustrating children’s books, regularly visits schools and runs workshops for children at events including the Edinburgh Literary Festival.

She lives in Suffolk with her ‘inspirations’ - her husband Matthew, a history teacher, and three children, Clementine, Toby and Benjamin and continues to spend her days doodling and daydreaming.

Featured books by Rebecca Elliott

Other books by Rebecca Elliott

Dalmatian in a Digger

Dalmatian in a Digger

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 11/07/2019

Dugger! Dugger! Dugger! What's that noise? Little Dalmatian is about to find out as he follows the booming noises of big construction vehicles in this energetic picture book.

Dalmatian in a Digger

Dalmatian in a Digger

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Dugger! Dugger! Dugger! What's that noise? It's the booming sound of big construction vehicles, and Little Dalmatian is determined to find out what they are building in this energetic picture book from Rebecca Elliott.

Dalmatian in a Digger

Dalmatian in a Digger

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Dugger! Dugger! Dugger! What's that noise? It's the booming sound of big construction vehicles, and Little Dalmatian is determined to find out what they are building in this energetic picture book from Rebecca Elliott.

Not So Silent Night

Not So Silent Night

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 19/02/2016

Silent night... oh! The donkey goes: eee-or! The sheep goes: baa! The baby goes: wah! A bright and beautiful first book about the Nativity, with animals from the stable on each page and lots of noises to join in with. Moo and meow along as you read! Illustrations by the wonderful Rebecca Elliott (Missing Jack, Mr Super Poopy Pants) make this sturdy little board book a delight. Also available: Noah's Noisy Animals, God Bless This Starry Night , God Loves Little Me

Noah's Noisy Animals

Noah's Noisy Animals

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 19/02/2016

Who's that tooting? It's two enormous elephants! Who's that snoring? It's one Noisy Noah! A bright and beautiful first book about Noah with animals from the ark on each page and lots of noises to join in with. Squawk and roar along as you read! Illustrations by the wonderful Rebecca Elliott (Missing Jack, Mr Super Poopy Pants) make this sturdy little board book a delight. Also available: Not So Silent Night, God Bless This Starry Night , God Loves Little Me

God Loves Little Me

God Loves Little Me

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 19/02/2016

God loves little toes. God loves little me! An adorable first prayer book with bright and beautiful pictures. Each page shows a cute baby animal on a boldly painted background, and is captioned with things that God loves about his creations, complete with actions for baby to join in with - wiggle and giggle along with the animals. Illustrations by the wonderful Rebecca Elliott (Missing Jack, Mr Super Poopy Pants) make this sturdy little board book a delight. Also available: Noah's Noisy Animals, Not So Silent Night, God Bless This Starry Night

God Bless this Starry Night

God Bless this Starry Night

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 19/02/2016

God bless my comfy pyjamas. God bless this starry night! An adorable first prayer book with cute and cuddly pictures that follows baby as he gets ready for bed. Illustrations by the wonderful Rebecca Elliott (Missing Jack, Mr Super Poopy Pants) make this sturdy little board book a delight - snuggle down and read along before peacefully snoozing through the night under the starry sky. Also available: Noah's Noisy Animals, Not So Silent Night, God Loves Little Me.

My Stinky New School

My Stinky New School

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2015

Toby's sister and baby brother love their schools - they smell of paint and rainbows. Toby doesn't think he likes his new school at all - it smells of ogres and he's lonely. He looks and looks for friends but he can't find any anywhere. He finds an alien, a mermaid, a dinosaur expert and a pirate, but no friends! When his mum comes to pick him up he tells her the sad news - but if he didn't make any friends then who is in the playground waving at him..? Rebecca Elliott's charming first experiences books, featuring her son Toby encountering new situations, help children deal with new and unfamiliar circumstances. In Mr Super Poopy Pants, Toby got used to the idea of having a new baby brother; in Missing Jack he had to come to terms with the death of his pet cat. Now Rebecca is showing that going to school isn't quite as scary as you might think, using her unique sense of humour and style to create a warm and comforting picture book, which is quirky and funny at the same time.

My Stinky New School

My Stinky New School

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2015

Toby's sister and baby brother love their schools - they smell of paint and rainbows. Toby doesn't think he likes his new school at all - it smells of ogres and he's lonely. He looks and looks for friends but he can't find any anywhere. He finds an alien, a mermaid, a dinosaur expert and a pirate, but no friends! When his mum comes to pick him up he tells her the sad news - but if he didn't make any friends then who is in the playground waving at him? Rebecca Elliott's charming first experiences books, featuring her son Toby encountering new situations, help children deal with new and unfamiliar circumstances. In Mr Super Poopy Pants, Toby got used to the idea of having a new baby brother; in Missing Jack he had to come to terms with the death of his pet cat. Now Rebecca is showing that going to school isn't quite as scary as you might think, using her unique sense of humour and style to create a warm and comforting picture book, which is quirky and funny at the same time.

Mr Super Poopy Pants

Mr Super Poopy Pants

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2015

Toby was looking forward to all the adventures he would have with his new baby brother. But Benjy can't run around, invent gadgets or fight crime. He just poops. All the time. Can Toby learn to love his little brother all the same? A fantastic new picture book from award-winning author illustrator Rebecca Elliott, which introduces the idea of a new baby in the family to older siblings in a frank but funny way. Awards: 2011 JUNIOR MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARDS Most Promising New Talent SHORTLISTED; 2011 NASEN AWARDS (National Association of Special Education Needs) Inclusive Children's Book of the Year SHORTLISTED; 2011 NURSERY WORLD AWARDS Three to Fives New Launch FINALIST; 2010-11 PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE Children's Book of the Year FINALIST 2012; KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL - LONG LIST 2012; DOLLY GRAY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD - WINNER

Missing Jack

Missing Jack

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2015

Toby's cat, Jack, is THE best cat EVER. But Jack is getting old - and Toby will miss his furry best friend terribly when he's gone. Then Toby meets a crazy cat called Humphrey. In this charming and beautifully illustrated picture book Rebecca Elliott addresses the difficult subject of a child's first experience of the death of a pet with warmth, sensitivity and well placed humour. Awards: 2011 JUNIOR MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARDS Most Promising New Talent- SHORTLISTED, 2011 NASEN AWARDS (National Association of Special Education Needs) Inclusive Children's Book of the Year - SHORTLISTED, 2011 NURSERY WORLD AWARDS Three to Fives New Launch - FINALIST, 2010-11 PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE Children's Book of the Year - FINALIST, 2012 - KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL - LONG LIST, 2012 - DOLLY GRAY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD - WINNER

Missing Jack

Missing Jack

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2015

Toby's cat, Jack, is THE best cat EVER. But Jack is getting old, and Toby will miss his furry best friend terribly when he's gone. Then Toby meets a crazy cat called Humphrey. In this charming and beautifully illustrated picture book Rebecca Elliott addresses the difficult subject of a child's first experience of the death of a pet with warmth, sensitivity and well placed humour. Awards: 2011 JUNIOR MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARDS Most Promising New Talent - SHORTLISTED; 2011 NASEN AWARDS (National Association of Special Education Needs) Inclusive Children's Book of the Year - SHORTLISTED; 2011 NURSERY WORLD AWARDS Three to Fives New Launch - FINALIST; 2010-11 PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE Children's Book of the Year - FINALIST; 2012 - KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL - LONG LIST; 2012 - DOLLY GRAY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD - WINNER

Mr Super Poopy Pants

Mr Super Poopy Pants

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2014

Toby was looking forward to all the adventures he would have with his new baby brother. But Benjy can't run around, invent gadgets or fight crime. He just poops. All the time. Can Toby learn to love his little brother all the same? A fantastic new picture book from award-winning author illustrator Rebecca Elliott, which introduces the idea of a new baby in the family to older siblings in a frank but funny way. Awards: 2011 JUNIOR MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARDS Most Promising New Talent - SHORTLISTED, 2011 NASEN AWARDS (National Association of Special Education Needs) Inclusive Children's Book of the Year - SHORTLISTED, 2011 NURSERY WORLD AWARDS Three to Fives New Launch - FINALIST, 2010-11 PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE Children's Book of the Year - FINALIST, 2012 KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL - LONG LIST, 2012 DOLLY GRAY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD - WINNER

Just Because

Just Because

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Board book Release Date: 21/02/2014

My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can't walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don't know why she doesn't do these things. Just because.' Just Because tells of a brother's love for his sister. He is so enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realise that his sister has special needs... and by then we just accept as he does all the wonderful things about her. Rebecca Elliott's heart-warming picture book, much celebrated for its touching and sensitive approach to introducing the issue of disability to young children through a charming celebration of sibling friendship, is now more accessible to a younger audience. In a sturdy board book format, Just Because will withstand story time after story time, the chunky pages are easier for little children to turn themselves, and it can certainly survive being shared between siblings! Awards: 2011 JUNIOR MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARDS Most Promising New Talent - SHORTLISTED 2011 NASEN AWARDS (National Association of Special Education Needs) Inclusive Children's Book of the Year - SHORTLISTED 2011 NURSERY WORLD AWARDS Three to Fives New Launch - FINALIST 2010-11 PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE Children's Book of the Year - FINALIST Reviews: 'A truly lovely book. It is indeed for all readers, all children and all adults. It shows children what's possible and it puts adults in a position in which we can see and understand everyone, not just the so-called able-bodied. It's fun, it's rhythmic, it's thoughtful. It's not simply or only 'worthy' - though it is the best kind of worthy - it has a poetry about it.' Michael Rosen, Children's poet and former Children's Laureate This delightful, warm, beautifully illustrated picture book deserves a place on every bookshelf.' Jacqueline Wilson, Children's author and former Children's Laureate 'A book that deserves a place in every library and school in the country!' Joy Court, Chair of the Youth Librarians' Group

Naked Trevor

Naked Trevor

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

Meet Trevor! He's no ordinary bird. In fact, if you peel back the novelty leaves, you'll discover he's completely naked! It's a well-kept secret that all birds are actually naked, but every morning they put on their feathery clothes and go about their day. Trevor doesn't want to conform with feathered society and refuses to wear his sparrow outfit, much to the horror of his family. In a quest to find his own unique look, Trevor crashes into a pile of sticky mud and colourful flowers. He ends up looking the best he ever has, inspiring the creatures around him to shed their own boring outfits!

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2012

Similar in style to Rebecca Elliott's highly acclaimed Zoo Girl (nominated for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal), this story warns of what the future might hold if we neglect our duty of care to our environment. In a world that has been destroyed by human carelessness, a little boy discovers the last tiger. But where did he come from? Through their adventure together they rediscover a natural way of living, and lead the world to a sustainable future. With striking illustrations crafted in ink line and collage, this thoughtful yet uplifting picture book leaves a lasting impact.

Zoo Girl

Zoo Girl

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2011

Zoo Girl has no family. In the children's home, she feels lost and alone. On a trip to the zoo, she is accidentally left behind. But she soon receives a warm welcome from the animals and when the keepers find her snuggled in a cage they know they have found a daughter at last. This striking picture book blends the appeal of animals and adventure with a heart-warming message that celebrates friends and family - making it a reassuring read to share with children feeling left out, and especially poignant for families facing a similar journey through adoption or fostering. The minimal text - just one or two words per page - allows readers room to absorb the striking illustrations and delve into Zoo Girl's story, using their imagination to reveal a new interpretation of the tale each time it is read. The result is a memorable picture book with a lasting impact that works off the page as well as on.

Sometimes

Sometimes

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2011

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her - even when her disability means she has to go to hospital again. But they still find ways to have fun together - and their story will help encourage children facing a similar situation. Toby and Clemmie first appeared in Just Because, in which Toby paints us a picture of his super big sister and all the things they do together - just because.

Milo's Pet Egg

Milo's Pet Egg

Author: Rebecca Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2010

Milo discovers a pebble and soon they become friends. Together they roll, balance, float and just mess around, until they're exhausted and go to bed. The morning brings a big surprise for Milo when he realises that there's more to the pebble than meets the eye, and then a whole new friendship evolves.

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