Lydia Monks is a bestselling illustrator and author of children’s books, based in Sheffield, who has collaborated with many authors on both picture book and fiction titles.
Lydia is probably most well known for her collaborations with author Julia Donaldson, including Sharing a Shell, The Singing Mermaid and the What the Ladybird Heard series which has sold over 4 million copies and been translated into 25 languages worldwide.
Lydia’s authored and illustrated Twit Twoo School series – latest title Rabbit Races Ahead – is published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Lydia’s other quirky and colourful picture books include Aaaarrgghh, Spider! and I Wish I Were a Dog, both published by Egmont.
Lydia’s long list of awards includes the Smarties Award, the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award, the Specsaver, Nielsen Gold Bestseller Award, the Red Big Book Award and the Pan Mac Award.
Recently, Lydia has collaborated with Professor James G Logan from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to create the free, downloadable Dr. Dog series, to educate and reassure young children about Coronavirus.