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Helen Stephens - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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.

Featured books by Helen Stephens

Other books by Helen Stephens

First Fairy Tales

First Fairy Tales

Author: Margaret Mayo Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Bursting with magic and mischief, adventures abound with this new collection of classic fairytales authored by bestselling author Margaret Mayo. Join favourite characters as they scale beanstalks, ride in carriages made of pumpkins, and eat poisoned apples ... Much-loved classics that feature in the collection include Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rumplestiltskin, These timeless tales are vivaciously retold by Margaret Mayo, who perfectly captures their enchantment. The highly illustrated edition features artwork by Helen Stephens, whose colourful sketches deliver the stories to their dramatic full potential.

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas PB

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas PB

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

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.

The Problem with Penguins

The Problem with Penguins

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

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.

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

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.

Belle & Sebastien The Child of the Mountains

Belle & Sebastien The Child of the Mountains

Author: Cecile Aubry Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

The son of a gypsy woman, Sebastien is found as a newborn baby in the Alps and brought up by Cesar and his grandchildren Angelina and Jean. Born on the same day, Belle is a beautiful white Pyrenean Mountain Dog who has been neglected and passed on from owner to owner, until one day she escapes from a kennel. When Sebastien rescues the runaway Belle from the wrath of the villagers, the boy and the dog form a lifelong friendship and embark on exciting adventures in the mountains. First published in 1965 to coincide with the internationally successful television series of the same name, Belle and Sebastien is a heart-warming story of camaraderie, adventure and freedom.

Oliver Elephant

Oliver Elephant

Author: Lou Peacock Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Christmas shopping is FAR more fun with Oliver Elephant . . . until he goes missing! When Noah goes Christmas shopping with his mum and baby sister, he has a brilliant time with his toy elephant, Oliver, playing peekaboo, hiding in a doll's house and dancing Oliver on tables. But Mum is buying SUCH a lot of things, and Noah and Oliver Elephant start to get a bit tired. Then - disaster strikes - Oliver goes missing! And - oh dear - the department store is VERY big. Will Noah ever find his favourite toy again? Oliver Elephant, where can you be? Oliver Elephant, come back to me! All children know JUST how important that special toy is, and this touching picture book beautifully captures that moment of despair when that toy goes missing. Oliver Elephant has a warm and classic feel and is a wonderful Christmas present for little fans of Shirley Hughes' Dogger or Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit. Hugely talented author Lou Peacock has created a heart-warming story with a rhyming text, a satisfying journey narrative and a sweet and funny ending. Beautifully detailed, festive illustrations by award-winning Helen Stephens, creator of the How to Hide a Lion series. Helen has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, is published in twenty five languages and her books have been selected as books of the year in the Guardian and The Times. Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!

How to Hide a Lion at School Gift edition

How to Hide a Lion at School Gift edition

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Board book Release Date: 06/07/2017

Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.

How to Hide a Lion at School

How to Hide a Lion at School

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.

Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

Betsy Visits Her Grandparents

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2015

From Helen Stephens, author and illustrator of How to Hide a Lion, Fleabag, and Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, comes a brilliant first experiences series, perfect for children aged 2+ Visiting Grandma and Grandad is always so much fun! But the first time Betsy has a sleepover, she sees some scary shadows at bedtime . . . These fun, reassuring and heart-warming stories are great for introducing concepts. Little ones will love relating to Betsy's early experiences. Have you collected all of Betsy's adventures? Besty Goes to School Betsy Goes to the Doctor Betsy Makes a Splash Betsy Visits her Grandparents

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

How to Hide a Lion from Grandma

Author: Helen Stephens Illustrator: Helen Stephens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

When Grandma comes to stay, Iris has to hide her lion, as grandmas can get anxious if they find a lion in the house. But Grandma is acting suspiciously, too, and Iris is sure she has a secret of her own. To Iris's great surprise, it turns out that Grandma is hiding a bear in her bedroom! This warm and funny follow-up to the prize-winning, bestselling picture book, HOW TO HIDE A LION, is certain to be another winner with children everywhere.

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