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Catherine Anholt

  • 5 stars across 29 books
    Laurence and Catherine Anholt live and work in a house and studios on top of a hill above the sea in Devon. They started making picture books in 1984 when their first daughter was born. Since then they have made more than 200 classic picture books, which are published all over the world in more than 30 languages. Their titles range from their Orchard picture book series which include Babies Love Books and Billy and the Big New School; to Laurence's self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series, an introduction to great artists for young children, which include Camille and the Sunflowers. Laurence also collaborates with his friend, the illustrator, Arthur Robins on the bestselling Seriously Silly Stories, which include the Nestle Smarties Gold Award winner Snow White and the Seven Aliens. The Anholts' books have won many awards and are frequently featured on television and radio. Babies, Babies, Babies is listed in The Sunday Times 100 Modern Classics. Laurence was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described as 'one of the most versatile authors writing for children today'. Laurence was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He then went on to study Fine Art for eight years, finishing with a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. The Anholts have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme, which encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on many occasions. Recent projects include a full-scale stage musical in Korea. Laurence and Catherine have three grown up children: Claire works for the UN in New York, Tom Anholt is a painter living in Berlin and Maddy is an actor based in London. Laurence's favourite things include, 'my lovely family, travelling to wild places and anything to do with art'. The best way to relax? 'A long soak in a warm book.' Catherine and Laurence Anholt are a husband and wife team who have produced about 200 children's books, published in more than 30 languages around the world. Their books have won numerous awards, including the Nestle Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. Catherine comes from an Irish family and is one of eight brothers and sisters. Catherine and Laurence met while studying Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art. They went on to take Master's Degrees at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy respectively. Around half of the Anholts' titles are illustrated by Catherine, including the Chimp and Zee series and numerous picture books published by Orchard Books. The Anholts have been closely involved with a number of literacy charities and Catherine produced some of the original material for the highly successful government funded BookStart scheme, which encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Downing Street and Buckingham Palace on several occasions. Catherine and Laurence live near the sea in Devon. They have three grown up children: Claire works for the UN in New York, Tom Anholt is a painter living in Berlin and Maddy is an actor based in London. Alongside her children's books, Catherine produces hundreds of painting and prints. You can see some of them at: www.catherineanholt.com
    20th June 2008

    Chimp and Zee

    Chimp and Zee go to Jungletown with Mumkey to buy some bananas. But Chimp and Zee think shopping is boring and start to ... More

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    2nd May 2013

    Babies, Babies, Babies!

    Babies love to play, laugh and cuddle, and this book is full of all the things that babies love best. The bright a... More

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    1st January 2012

    Anholt Family Favourites: We Love Bears

    Everyone loves bears! Join a little boy and his baby brother as their cherished teddy takes them on a magical adventur... More

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    26th March 2015

    Aren't You Lucky!: A New Baby Story

    When a little brother or sister comes along, everyone is excited...everyone except one little person who can't quite und... More

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    23rd February 2015

    Anholt Family Favourites: Going to Nursery

    A reassuring picture book about starting nursery. Anna is a bit worried about starting nursery. She doesn't wan... More

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    7th May 2015

    Anholt Family Favourites: Billy and the Big New School

    A classic picture book story to reassure children who are nervous about starting school. Billy is not at all sure a... More

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    1st June 2008

    Chimp and Zee Big Book

    The Smarties Gold Award winning story of Chimp and Zee - now in big book format! Chimp and Zee have eaten all of Mumkey'... More

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    1st September 2004

    Chimp and Zee and the Big Storm

    Following on from the irresistible Chimp and Zee is the second crazy adventure from those lovable and mischievous chimps... More

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    1st November 2006

    Chimp and Zee's First Words and Pictures

    Chimp and Zee are back and this time they are monkeying about with words. This simple book teaches and illustrates words... More

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