Jonathan Emmett

Hi! I'm Jonathan.

I used to be an architect, but left the building industry in 1995 to become a stay-at-home dad and to try to start a new career as a children’s author, illustrator and paper-engineer. I didn’t really make it as an illustrator, but succeeded as an author and paper-engineer! Most of my books are picture or pop-up books, but I’ve also written some chapter fiction and first readers.

Here are a few of my picture books …

… and here are some of the pop-up books that I’ve written and paper-engineered.

As you can see, I’ve been fortunate to work with some very talented illustrators!

I loved books from an early age and some of my first memories are of visiting my local library. The picture books that I borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, have had a great influence on the picture books that I now write.

I’ve always been a bit of a technophile and love using computers to design and make things, whether they're buildings, pop-up books, furniturevideos or web sites. I was one of the very first children’s authors to have a web site – it’s been online since the last century!

Here are links to my Picture Book Den posts:

You can find more about me and my books at

Read my latest news on my blog at

Or follow me on  Facebook or on Twitter at @scribblestreet

School Visits

I’m available for “actual” visits to schools in my local East Midlands area. Click here for more details.

I also offer FREE “virtual” school visits (using Skype) to schools that are further afield. Click here for more details.

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