For children

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art

Laurence King Publishing, 2016


Forty thousand years of art in sixty-eight stories, from the cave painters to Chauvet to Ai Wei Wei. First published in English in 2016, it has been translated into twenty languages.





‘One of the best children’s non-fiction books I’ve read for years, this fantastic story collection explores the lives of some of the world’s most famous artists. The stories are by turns exciting, intriguing, emotional and mysterious … Meticulously well-researched and utterly delightful.’   Jennifer Bell,   ‘Sunday Best Children’s Book of the Week’

‘Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories is really rather wonderful. From its enchanting classic picture book style illustrations, to its enthralling stories and global tour throughout art and its history, it is an unforgettable way to introduce young readers to the lives and works of history’s greatest artists.’   Emma Oliver,  Life As It Is

The Grasshopper Laughs: A Faber Book of First Verse

Faber and Faber, 1996


Poems to share and read aloud with young children, including traditional verses from Britain, Russia, America, Africa and the Caribbean, and both well-loved and unfamiliar poems by Shakespeare, Keats, Charles Causley, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson and many other poets. With illustrations by Andrew Stooke.




‘Ostensibly for smaller people, but really for everyone … A lovely collection, all joyously huddled together, higgledy piggledy.’   Nina Bawden, Evening Standard

The Grasshopper Laughs is beautifully illustrated and will be loved for years and years.’ Adèle Geras, Guardian

‘A succession of surprises.’   Junior Bookshelf

Cornwall Activity Book

Tate Publishing, 1997

1854372009A collaboration with the illustrator Mark Foreman, this was Tate St Ives’ first publication for children and families. My own children were still very young, which made the project a marvellous excuse to explore our new surroundings in Cornwall and try out games and stories for the book.