Children’s writer, illustrator and academic
Wendy grew up in a little seaside town called Aberystwyth, and after getting her PhD, she went to teach English Literature at Oxford University. Her debut children’s book, A Hen in the Wardrobe, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for ‘Outstanding First Novel’, selected as one of The Guardian’s ‘Best 50 diverse Children’s Books since the 1950s’ and won the John C Laurence Award for ‘improving relations between the races’. Wendy has gone on to become an internationally best-selling children’s writer, with books translated into 18 languages and featured on CBBC Newsround, Cbeebies Bedtime Story and BBC Woman’s Hour. Wendy now teaches Creative Writing at Exeter University and one of her latest picture books, Lubna and Pebble (illustrated by Daniel Egneus), has just been selected by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best 10 Books of the Year’. If you like Wendy’s stories, look out for forthcoming picture books: Tibble and Grandpa, Tisha and the Blossom, Not in that Dress, Princess! and Howard the Average Gecko, all due out in 2020.