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.


  1. Hi Jonathan, I'm a picture book aithau and I'd quite like to write a blog for the picture book den - who should I contact to ask about this? I've got a new book coming out in October for the first time in about 17 years so would write about the gap, and what I might do do differently this time. Best wishes, Deborah

    1. Hi, Deborah. I will pass your request on to the rest of the team and then one of us will get back to you. Can you give us an email address to contact you on?