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Jane Ray - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

From stranded mermaids and flying camels to golden statues and dancing princesses, Jane Ray’s distinctive style has established her as a successful picture book artist, recognized in Britain, Europe and the U.S. Known mainly for her books for children, Jane has also designed greetings cards, posters and book jackets.

Jane has worked with many authors, including Michael Rosen, Berlie Doherty, Jeanette Winterson and Vikram Seth. Her work is published by Walker Books, Orchard Books, Bloomsbury, and Transworld, amongst others; she has illustrated several volumes for the Folio Society and a Garden of Eden for the Eden Project in Cornwall. She is also involved with the In the Picture project, which aims to promote the inclusion of disabled children in early years picture books and stories. Jane often gives workshops in schools and at festivals, as well as exhibiting work around the country. Jane has also produced a DVD (in conjunction with Children’s Authors TV) which shows her at work both in her studio and at a local
primary school.

Jane lives in North London with her husband (conductor David Temple) and their three children. She works in a studio at the end of the garden. She enjoys music, reading, gardening and the company of friends, family and her two cats.

Featured books by Jane Ray

Other books by Jane Ray

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A Nature Storybook about hummingbirds, beautifully told and illustrated by Nicola Davies and Jane Ray. From Nicola Davies, award-winning non-fiction author, and Jane Ray, one of the country's finest illustrators, comes a spellbinding Nature Storybook about hummingbirds. A hummingbird weighs less than a nickel, less than a 20 pence piece, less than a 50 cent bit. Whatever way you use to measure it, it's tiny. But every spring, hummingbirds that have spent the winter in Mexico fly north to make the most of the warmer weather. They nest as far north as Canada and Alaska - a 2,000-mile trip, made by a bird smaller than your thumb. This is the story of one spring migration: of a tiny bird, its amazing journey and the people it meets along the way.

The Unicorn Prince

The Unicorn Prince

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you'll love this tale of love, magic ... and unicorns! Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love? This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray. Jane Ray's jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta's The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix. Observer

The Unicorn Prince

The Unicorn Prince

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you'll love this tale of love, magic ... and unicorns! Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love? This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray. Jane Ray's jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta's The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix. Observer

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

A spellbinding collection of twelve classic fairy tales, with exquisite illustrations by Jane Ray - shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. From double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty comes an enchanting collection of classic fairy tales, with magnificent illustrations by Jane Ray. The twelve stories in this collection - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, the Fire-bird and Snow White - are among the best-loved fairy tales of all. These classic stories have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years; but rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here. Berlie Doherty's graceful, direct prose combines with Jane Ray's intensely beautiful pictures to create a most memorable read. Here is fairy tale magic for many a lifetime.

Corey's Rock

Corey's Rock

Author: Sita Brahmachari Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Ten-year-old Isla has moved from Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands with her parents, to start a new life after the death of Isla's beloved young brother. Isla's mother's family is from Orkney and her father's is from Africa, and she finds island life is very different to her former city home. Her discovery of the old Orcadian legend about the selkies, half human, half seal people, becomes the key to adjustment and acceptance. Many strands are woven into this deceptively simple story - loss and discovery, legend and reality, the pleasures and problems of settling into a new place, the need to make new friends, the coming to terms with sadness. Jane Ray's illustrations capture the beauty of the island landscape and integrate it perfectly with the atmosphere and rich texture of the storytelling. Endorsed by Amnesty International for illuminating the human rights values of family, friends, home, safety and refuge.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2017

A beautifully illustrated 3D retelling of one of our best-loved fairy tales, with artwork from the IBBY UK nominee for the Andersen Illustration Award 2018. A young girl with an unpleasant stepmother and two cruel stepsisters ... and a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. The enchanting story of Cinderella is brought to life through award-winning artist Jane Ray's exquisite 3D peep-through illustrations - the six delightful fold-out scenes include a shadowy kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella's iconic pumpkin coach. Illustrated in rich, dreamlike watercolours, this is the perfect gift for fans of fairy tales.

Heartsong

Heartsong

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

An orphan with no voice but an extraordinary musical gift. A man of music who discovers her gift. Heartsong is a spellbinding tale about the healing power of music, set against the mystery and beauty of Venice. Destined to be a future classic Manchester Evening News This is a spectacular book... a quiet, heart-soaring triumph Big Issue A very special present for music-loving readers The Times Abandoned at the orphanage in Venice as a baby, Laura has never spoken. Her life is transformed when the composer Vivaldi unlocks her passion for music. The seasons turn, dark turns to light and miracles happen. Carnegie award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland makes every word a master stroke. This short novel is exquisitely illustrated by acclaimed artist Jane Ray. Her work is inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the real girls and boys who lived and laughed and worked in the Venetian orphanage.

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2015

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2014

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2012

An author and poet, welcomed for his reflective and thought-provoking style, retells 10 stories from different cultures - from around the world and through the ages - which each highlight the importance of taking care of the world. These stories - from ancient Greece, the Far East, the Celts, Africa, Greenland, Russia, China, Japan, South America and ancient Israel - afford wonderful opportunities for Jane Ray's paradisiacal paintings of trees and flowers, animals and birds... in short, all creation.

The Orchard Book Of The Unicorn And Other Magical Animals

The Orchard Book Of The Unicorn And Other Magical Animals

Author: Margaret Mayo, Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Learn why you should never look at a mermaid, how the unicorn always walks alone, why there are so many dragons in China and how the Phoenix lives forever. These ten fabulous stories of the world's most magical birds and beasts are retold with wit and warmth by Margaret Mayo and brought to life in glorious colour by Jane Ray. A magical gift to treasure.

Under The Moon And Over The Sea

Under The Moon And Over The Sea

Author: John Agard, Grace Nichols Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2007

Sparkling crystal waters and coral beaches, velvet-smooth dolphins and flying fish, whispered ghost stories and the pung-la-la chorus of frogs...the sights and sounds, tastes and tales of the Caribbean come alive in this glorious collection of poetry. Divided into five sections each brilliantly illustrated by a major contemporary artist, the experience of living and leaving the Caribbean is vividly recalled in this vibrant anthology, edited by leading Caribbean poets John Agard and Grace Nichols.

Jinnie Ghost

Jinnie Ghost

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2005

Introducing Jinnie Ghost, thin as the wind, with hair as white as the feathers of owls and eyes like water. Jinnie whispers dreams to children as they sleep. She brings Charlotte's dolls to life, makes Amy's carpet bubble with frogs and toads and conjures up a giant to carry Joe away shoulder-high to his castle in the sky. But the break of dawn takes Jinnie away...and the children wake to a new day, brushing wonder from their eyes. This perfectly-pitched poem takes readers on a thrilling fantasy journey, raising a shiver or two on the way, but returning them safe and sound in the morning.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare, Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2005

This most famous of love stories is uniquely presented in picture book form for children. The tale is told scene by scene in a simple lively style, with dialogue reproducing Shakespeare's own words so that the most celebrated passages of the play are retained in their original form.

The King of Capri

The King of Capri

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

When a greedy king wakes up one morning, everything he owns has gone - blown across the bay to neighbouring Naples. When a poor and humble washerwoman wakes up that same morning her back yard is full of things that simply were not there the night before. Soon the king and the washerwoman meet for the first time and from that moment both their lives magically change.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2004

This most famous of love stories is uniquely presented in picture book form for children. The tale is told scene by scene in a simple lively style, with dialogue reproducing Shakespeare's own words so that the most celebrated passages of the play are retained in their original form.

Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2003

A challenging and thought-provoking collection of new poetry and prose from some of the industry's most prestigious and talented authors and illustrators. Ideal for use in schools to help educate children when dealing with the topic of war, each contribution depicts a strong anti-war message and will serve as a cry for peace in these troubled times. Contributors include: Laurence Anholt; Julie Bertagna; Mary Hoffman; Adrian Mitchell; Beverley Naidoo; Caroline Pitcher; Michael Rosen; Ros Asquith; Korky Paul; Elizabeth Laird; Hiawyn Oram; Marcus Sedgwick; Peter Whitby; Stephen Aitken; Ann Jungman; Joanna Troughton; Michael Morpurgo; Jane Yolen; David Almond; Nick Sharratt; and Kevin Crossley-Holland. All royalties and publisher's profits will go to UNICEF to directly fund the bringing of aid to child victims of the war in Iraq.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Author: Grimm Brothers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

Where do the king's beautiful daughters disappear to night after night? And who can solve the mystery of the twelve pairs of dancing slippers, worn to shreds by the morning? Internationally acclaimed illustrator Jane Ray, vividly brings to life the fun-loving princesses of the classic Grimm fairy tale, as they boldly escape the confines of their father's castle. With its sumptuous, detailed illustrations and gold and silver highlights, The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a perfect gift to treasure.

An Gille Bragail

An Gille Bragail

Author: Malachy Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2001

The Orchard Book of Love and Friendship Stories

The Orchard Book of Love and Friendship Stories

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2000

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