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Suzanne Barton - Author

About the Author

Suzanne Barton originally studied Psychology at University, but with a passion for illustration she later undertook a BA in Illustration and an MA in Children's Book Illustration. Suzanne had long-wanted to write and illustrate her own book for children - and when her work was spotted at a book fair, her dream became reality. Suzanne's influences include Japanese prints and illustrators she remembers from her childhood. Her artwork is a beautiful combination of collage, drawing and painting, and with a love of patterns and prints, Suzanne can often be found searching through vintage paper shops for inspiration. The Dawn Chorus is Suzanne's very first book.

A Q&A with Suzanne Barton

What are your 5 favourite books, and why? (not necessarily children’s books)

The Count of Monte Cristo

Jane Eyre

Pride and Prejudice

Lord of the Rings

Anything in the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey – Maturin series

I thought I couldn’t answer the why bit of the question, but looking at them all together, I think I must love a character going on a transformational journey!

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why? (not necessarily children’s authors/illustrators)

Tove Jansson, Edward Ardizzone, Isabelle Arsenault, Alexis Deacon, Maurice Sendak

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Can I say more than one? Anything by Noel Streatfeild ( especially The Circus is Coming) and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett , I also loved Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

Haven’t managed to come up with one yet.

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Anne from Anne of Green Gables

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

The Count of Monte Cristo

What book do you wish you had written?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Being on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and wanting to do the words as well as the pictures.

What inspired you to write your latest book?

Lying in bed listening to the birds one morning.

What's the best thing you've ever written?

The Dawn Chorus (it is the only thing so far!)

When did you start writing?

2 years ago But I have come to picture books from an Illustration background which I have been working on for about 10 years.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Try and write something every day and don’t be too worried about whether it’s good or not, it’s more important to write something first and then make it as good as it can be.

Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

I draw much more than I write, and I always work in a little messy room with all my books and the cat sleeps in the third drawer down of my desk.

Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

Yes a picture book called Pod

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Featured books by Suzanne Barton

The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus

3+ readers

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Illustrated Book 2015   A heartfelt story, exceptionally illustrated by exciting new author-illustrator Suzanne Barton.

Other books by Suzanne Barton

The TinyWing Fairies

The TinyWing Fairies

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Always on the lookout for mysteries to solve, and finding new adventures around every corner, the TinyWing Fairies are quite the team! Join Pippin, Marthy, Tiffin and Little Ess as they head out into the frosty night to investigate the source of a strange noise that is keeping the fairies from sleeping. Whatever can it be? With snowy, atmospheric backdrops and illustrations full of pretty patterns and textures, this warm and reassuring story about night-time noises is the perfect comfort for wakeful little ones. There's not a frilly pink outfit to be seen!

The TinyWing Fairies

The TinyWing Fairies

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Always on the lookout for mysteries to solve, and finding new adventures around every corner, the TinyWing Fairies are quite the team! Join Pippin, Marthy, Tiffin and Little Ess as they head out into the frosty night to investigate the source of a strange noise that is keeping the fairies from sleeping. Whatever can it be? With snowy, atmospheric backdrops and illustrations full of pretty patterns and textures, this warm and reassuring story about night-time noises is the perfect comfort for wakeful little ones. There's not a frilly pink outfit to be seen!

The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Dance

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together. They play, they eat leaves and do all sorts of caterpiller-y things, and then one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, they wake up as beautiful butterflies! But soon they realise that, for the first time ever, they look different. Should Dotty only play with butterflies that look like her? And Stripe only play with butterflies that look like him? A stunningly illustrated story about friendship and and being happy with who you are, from the author/illustrator of Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted The Dawn Chorus.

The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Dance

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together. They play, they eat leaves and do all sorts of caterpillar-y things, and then one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, they wake up as beautiful butterflies! But soon they realise that, for the first time ever, they look different. Should Dotty only play with butterflies that look like her? And Stripe only play with butterflies that look like him? A stunningly illustrated story about friendship and and being happy with who you are, from the author/illustrator of Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted The Dawn Chorus.

Robin's Winter Song

Robin's Winter Song

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The forest was bustling with activity. As the red and orange leaves swirled in the wind, Robin started to worry. Something was changing. Finch was flying south, because Winter was coming. Squirrel was burying food, because Winter was coming. Even Owl was making his nest warm. Why? That's right - because Winter was coming. Robin decided he didn't like the sound of Winter one little bit. But that was before the snow ... A beautifully tender story of a little robin's first winter from the enormously talented creator of The Dawn Chorus.

The Dawn Chorus Big Book

The Dawn Chorus Big Book

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Peep awakes one morning to the sound of a beautiful song - but where is it coming from? It's the Dawn Chorus! And Peep is desperate to sing with them. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't make it happen. Little does Peep know, he's just about to meet someone very special who will show him just how enchanting nightingales like him can be . . . A heartfelt story, exceptionally illustrated by exciting new author-illustrator Suzanne Barton.

The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus

Author: Suzanne Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Peep awakes one morning to the sound of a beautiful song - but where is it coming from? It's the Dawn Chorus! And Peep is desperate to sing with them. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't make it happen. Little does Peep know, he's just about to meet someone very special who will show him just how enchanting nightingales like him can be . . . A heartfelt story, exceptionally illustrated by exciting new author-illustrator Suzanne Barton.

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