Simon James

Simon James

Original picture book artwork by Simon James is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration.

Simon James grew up in Bristol and Exeter and was influenced from an early age by his father's interest in cartoonists. His favourites were Ronald Searle and Gerard Hoffnung. He studied graphic design and art history at college. "Whilst working with words and images together I developed a greater understanding of the techniques used in creating picture books." Simon's first book, The Day Jake Vacuumed, was first published in 1989 and two more books about Jake soon followed. His first title for Walker Books, My Friend Whale, was the first of several concerned with a child's relationship with the natural world - Dear Greenpeace, Sally and the Limpet, The Wild Woods and The Birdwatchers have established Simon as one of the country's leading author/illustrators. Leon and Bob won the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award and was the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Days Like This, a collection of small poems, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Baby Brains was the 0 - 5 category winner and the overall winner of the 2005 Red House Children's Book Award. It also won the Stockport Libraries Children's Award 2005 and the Norfolk Libraries Children's Book Award 2005. There are now three titles featuring the baby genius, the last one, Baby Brains and Robo Mum, published in 2007.

2003 saw the publication of Little One Step, a new departure for Simon in that all the characters are animals. Simon continues to be a much sought-after speaker in schools and at festivals and conferences both in the UK and in the USA.

Books

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REX
Nurse Clementine
George Flies South
The Birdwatchers
Days Like This
Leon and Bob
The Wild Woods
Sally and the Limpet
Baby Brains and RoboMum

Illustrations

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  • ‘Cover/ I'm so glad it's you, Dad! said Rex’

    ‘Cover/ I'm so glad it's you, Dad! said Rex’

  • ‘Once upon about 100 million years ago, there lived a terrifying tyrannosaurus.’

    ‘Once upon about 100 million years ago, there lived a terrifying tyrannosaurus.’

  • ‘Each night he would look for an empty cave to sleep in.’

    ‘Each night he would look for an empty cave to sleep in.’

  • ‘Who dares wake me up? roared the big dinosaur. (B)’

    ‘Who dares wake me up? roared the big dinosaur. (B)’

  • ‘Who dares wake me up? roared the big dinosaur. (A)’

    ‘Who dares wake me up? roared the big dinosaur. (A)’

  • ‘You're terrific, Dad! said Rex (A)’

    ‘You're terrific, Dad! said Rex (A)’

  • ‘You're terrific, Dad! said Rex (B)’

    ‘You're terrific, Dad! said Rex (B)’

  • ‘Good night, Dad! whispered Rex (A)’

    ‘Good night, Dad! whispered Rex (A)’

  • ‘Good night, Dad! whispered Rex (B)’

    ‘Good night, Dad! whispered Rex (B)’

  • ‘That night, Rex couldn't sleep.’

    ‘That night, Rex couldn't sleep.’

  • ‘He wondered where he really belonged.’

    ‘He wondered where he really belonged.’

  • ‘He roared his loudest, most fearsome roar ...’

    ‘He roared his loudest, most fearsome roar ...’

  • ‘and then he ran as fast as he could!’

    ‘and then he ran as fast as he could!’

  • ‘When the big dinosaur smashed up boulders, Rex smashed up boulders!’

    ‘When the big dinosaur smashed up boulders, Rex smashed up boulders!’