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Maggie Li

Maggie has a passion for the natural world and delights in illustrating animals, dinosaurs and mischievous children. Dig Dig Dinosaur is her first illustrated picture book having published numerous non-fiction titles and board books in her 10 year career as a children’s illustrator. She now works and lives in East London and when she’s not buried in books at her desk you’ll probably find her raiding a second hand book shop for a vintage picture book gem. She has a passion for cooking and food and would love to illustrate a children’s recipe book one day!

Anjali Goswami

Professor Anjali Goswami is a Research Leader in Palaeobiology and Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Natural History Museum, London and an Honorary Professor of Palaeobiology at University College London. She is also President of The Linnean Society of London, where Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was first presented in 1858. She was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2024.

She grew up around Detroit, Michigan (USA), but spent long periods in India growing up, where her love of nature was first sparked by seeing a tiger when she was 4 years old. She studied Biology and Geology at the University of Michigan and conducted her PhD research on mammal evolution at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History before moving to London to take up a research fellowship at the Natural History Museum. Before coming back to the Natural History Museum as a research leader, she lectured at the University of Cambridge and University College London.

Anjali specialises in the evolution of animal shape, especially skulls, and she has led expeditions to search for fossils all over the world, especially India, Argentina, and Svalbard. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Palaeontological Association’s President’s Medal, the Linnean Society’s Bicentenary Medal, the Zoological Society of London’s Scientific Medal, and HumanistUK’s Darwin Day Medal.

She is passionate about inspiring people around the world to explore, study, and protect nature and hopes everyone will get out and get their hands and feet dirty while learning more about this amazing planet we live on.

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Grasya Oliyko

Grasya Oliyko is a Ukrainian artist. She studied fine arts and book graphics at university and now illustrates children’s books for publishers all around the world, including The Old Lion Publishing House, Flying Eye Books, and Ranok. Grasya loves animals and has two dogs and two cats that she rescued from the streets to give them a loving home.

Clare Owen

Clare is a UK-based illustrator, who graduated from art school in 2009 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since! Clare works on a big variety of fun projects, creating pictures and patterns for home products, stationery, story books, magazines and packaging. All influenced by her love of colour, nature and mid-century design.

Originally from Cornwall, she now lives in Bristol with her boyfriend and two cats.

Rachel Greener

Rachel Greener is a children’s books editor from London who has written and edited fiction, non-fiction and picture books about everything from the ancient Egyptians and ocean plastics to teenage detectives and zombie goldfish. She wrote this book because she thinks it is important that all children have a chance to see themselves reflected in a book about puberty.

Tom Huddleston

Alongside his novels FloodWorld and DustRoad and his animal-rescue series for younger readers, Cosmic Creatures, Tom Huddleston has written for the official Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space saga and the Warhammer Adventures series for Games Workshop. He is also a musician and film journalist. He enjoys outdoor swimming, chewy sweets and watching too many movies.

Sophy Williams

Sophy Williams is an award-winning illustrator with twenty-five years experience illustrating children’s books. While still studying, she twice won prizes in the Readers Digest Young Illustrator’s competition and was runner up for the Mother Goose Award for her first picture book. She spent some of her childhood in exotic locations such as Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East and often finds her illustrations being influenced by these places. Her pictures are filled with atmosphere and drama created with soft pastels. She now lives by the Kennet and Avon canal in Bradford on Avon with her husband, author/illustrator MP Robertson, their two lanky teenage sons and a mischievous grey cat called Hamish. When not illustrating she sings and performs in a choir, grows fruit and veg on her allotment and drinks lots coffee with her friends.

Anne-Kathrin Behl

Anne-Kathrin Behl, born in 1983, has illustrated and written many children’s books since 2009. With her mother having a bookstore, she has always loved children’s books and, as soon as she could draw and write, Anne made her own little books and wished to become a professional children’s book illustrator. She studied Illustration at the HAW in Hamburg and later moved to Celle, a little town in northern Germany, where she now lives with her husband and her two sons.

Carlie Sorosiak

Carlie Sorosiak lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and her American Dingo, Dany. A bestselling children’s author, her fiction titles include Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, I, Cosmo, as well as My Life as a Cat, Always, Clementine and Shadow Fox. She has a master’s in English from Oxford University and another in publishing from City, University of London, and she currently volunteers at a cat shelter (just don’t tell Dany!). She is the author of A World of Dogs and its follow-up A World of Cats.