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Jess Stockham

Jess Stockham

  • 5 stars across 61 books
Traditional Fairy Tale modernised by Child's Play.

Illustrator biography:

Jess grew up in a large family in a small village a few miles north of London. As a child she loved making stuff, drawing and painting, riding her bike, and generally messing about. She especially remembers spending happy holidays by the Norfolk coast with her cousins, collecting pebbles, building sandcastles and reading piles of old comics when it rained.

After she left school, she did an art foundation course, moved to Yorkshire, got married and had a family. She continued to draw and paint until, with a few ups and downs and lucky breaks, she somehow became a full-time illustrator in the 1990s. In 2008 she won the Early Years Award for a board book called `Tucking In' and to date she has illustrated over 50 books for children.

Jess has recently taken time out to go to University to study fine art, graduating in June 2016 with a first-class honours degree. She is now returning to illustration with her debut author-illustrated picture book, the Big Red Rock. As far back as she can remember she has always loved children's picture books, especially ones that made her laugh, with simple pictures and a strong story. She tries to reflect this in her work, creating characters and situations that can tell a simple story as funnily as possible.

Jess now lives in Monmouthshire and is still making stuff, drawing and painting and sometimes collecting pebbles.
1st January 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red... MoreLittle Red Riding Hood

(14 reviews) Review
28th July 2016

Beauty and the Beast

A beautiful Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, exciting activities and colouring pages and a gorgeous eight-card 3D colour... MoreBeauty and the Beast

(13 reviews) Review
1st June 2014


A beautifully illustrated picture book that brings new life to the classic tale. Meet Cinderella, a young girl with a wi... MoreCinderella

(12 reviews) Review
1st March 2014


(4 reviews) Review
4th June 2015

Big Day Out: Little Friends

Little puppy is on a trip to see his grandpa - there is so much to look for and listen to along the way! Children will l... MoreBig Day Out: Little Friends

(3 reviews) Review
1st September 2017

Princess and the Pea

When a sensitive prince searches far and wide for a bride but finds no princess as tender-hearted as he is, he can hardl... MorePrincess and the Pea

(3 reviews) Review
16th March 2011

The Frog Prince

(2 reviews) Review
30th November 2017

The Big Red Rock

When Bif finds a big red rock blocking his way, he decides it has to go. But how? Nothing he tries will move it. Bif's ... MoreThe Big Red Rock

(2 reviews) Review
1st July 2005

Stone Soup

A traditional folktale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence str... MoreStone Soup

(2 reviews) Review
8th February 2018

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Finding the true meaning of home... Rediscover Aesop's classic fable with this rhyming peep-through picture book. Richa... MoreTown Mouse, Country Mouse

(2 reviews) Review
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