Jane Clarke

 Thanks for clicking on my PictureBookDen page.

I’m passionate about picture books. My stories have been matched with some wonderful illustrators. The best moment is seeing the pictures for the first time. I hope someone somewhere is treasuring a crumpled copy of one of my picture books the way that I treasure the books I read to my sons when they were small. Now I'm a proud grandma of three small granddaughters, it's a huge joy and privilege to read picture books to them.

My latest picture book (published September 2016 in hardback in the UK) is

illustrated by Emma Dodd

Here are some of my others:

illustrated by Migy Blanco
illustrated by Charles Fuge

Older picture books include the award winning Gilbert the Great, Gilbert in Deep and Gilbert the Hero, all brilliantly illustrated by Charles Fuge, too.

Then there's Stuck in the Mud, illustrated by Garry Parsons

and Knight Time and Knight School, illustrated by Jane Massey. You may have heard them being read on CBeebies.

You'll find other picture books of mine on my website

Here's my new series of toddler board books, illustrated by Georgie Birkett

As well as picture books, I also write early reader books and reading scheme stories

and I ghost write for several series including Dinosaur Cove, which I enjoyed writing a lot as my hobby is fossil collecting.
I'm working on several picture book texts ( I write at least 4 for every one that gets published) and my new Dr KittyCat series, which now has 6 books published in the Uk, and USA editions not far behind. I'm currently writing number 7.

Which explains why these days I can sometimes be found in a bookshop dressed up as a furry first aid cat...

You'll also find lots of  my poems published in many children’s anthologies.

It's great fun being a full time children’s writer and I love to visit nurseries, infant and primary schools to share my books and talk about being an author and to run poetry and/or creative writing workshops for children.

You can find out more about me through my website www.jane-clarke.co.uk  and contact me via the site or direct


Picture books in the publishing pipeline: 
February 2017:
Neon Leon illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
April 2017:
Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma, illustrated by Loretta Schauer
Sky Private Eye and the Caseof the Runaway Biscuit, illustrated by Loretta Schauer
Firefly Home, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup