Original picture book artwork by Anita Jeram is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration together with the original artwork from her popular Two Bad Mice cards.
Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She completed both her foundation course in Visual Studies and degree course in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. Her tutor, David Hughes (also an illustrator), took some of her work to Walker Books and her first book, Bill's Belly Button, was published in 1991, a year after she graduated. Her second book, It Was Jake!, was included on the National Curriculum SAT reading list.
Since then Anita Jeram has become recognised globally with numerous highly successful titles to her name inclding her best known book, Guess How Much I Love You, which rapidly became established around the world as a new picture-book classic. Over a million copies were printed in the first year of publication and it was one of the best-selling children's books in both Britain and America. Guess How Much I Love You was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and for the Illustrated Children's Books category of the 1994 British Book Awards.
Anita has worked with some of the U.K.'s best known authors including Dick King-Smith, but mainly writes and illustrates her own books. She is also a highly successful greetings card designer for Two Bad Mice and the illustrations from these, together with her original book artwork, have proved extremely popular with buyers.
Anita lives in a renovated farmhouse right near the sea with her husband and three children, together with a menagerie of animals - that her daughter keeps adding to!
A blog by Two Bad Mice director Julian Williams on Anita's work is well worth a read!
‘When I was about eight, I had a tortoise.’
‘Tortoise and puppy’
‘Dodo watching television (unpub)’
‘Little Elsie, Dodo's grand-daughter.’
‘Mouse in a box.’
‘Mother mouse with babies (unpub)’
‘A great many children.’
‘She looked up and wagged at him. (unpub)’
‘Joe sits on the fence ... with his head on one side, listening.’
‘What we didn't know then was that hedgehogs are good at climbing walls!’
‘Hardback book jacket’
‘Vignette of guinea-pig and chick’
‘Vignette of guinea-pig and chick A (unpub)’
‘Takimg a rabbit for a walk means going wherever the rabbit chooses. (Unpub)’
‘Frank always chose the vegetable garden.’
‘Frank, the French Lop’
‘Along comes a fly’
‘My Dutch does.’
‘Dulcie Maude lay purring happily in the pram… ’
‘It was a duckling (unpub)’
‘So we gave the duckling some chocolate cake (unpub)’
‘So we gave the duckling some chocolate cake’
‘Dachshund with guinea-pig (unpub)’
‘Dachshund with guinea-pig’
‘Dodo the dachshund (unpub).’
‘Asleep among the shells and stones.’
‘Chameleon on a branch’
‘Dick King-Smith's Animal Friends book cover’