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Lydia Monks

  • 5 stars across 106 books
Lydia Monks Biography
Lydia Monks is a bestselling illustrator and author of children’s books, best known for her collaborations with author Julia Donaldson. Many of their books have become household favourites, including What the Ladybird Heard, which has sold over a million copies and been translated into many languages. 
Lydia’s own books with her colourful and quirky illustrations including, Aaarrggh Spider! and I Wish I Were a Dog have won many awards and accolades including the CLIP Greenaway Award. Mouse's Big Day was published in 2017.
Lydia Monks lives with her husband and two daughters in Sheffield.

Lydia Monks Facts
What The Ladybird Heard has been adapted into a theatre production which has toured worldwide.
Our favourite Lydia Monks Book Characters
Mungo Mouse – from the Mungo Mouse series
Ladybird – from What the Ladybird Heard series

5th March 2010

What the Ladybird Heard

"Oink!" said the cats . . . With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of ... MoreWhat the Ladybird Heard

(97 reviews) Review
27th June 2017

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't c... MoreWhat the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

(52 reviews) Review
31st December 2015

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the... MoreSugarlump and the Unicorn

(51 reviews) Review
28th March 2013

The Singing Mermaid

The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home at Silversands to join the circus. The audiences love her but the po... MoreThe Singing Mermaid

(49 reviews) Review
6th May 2005

Sharing a Shell

The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anenome and a tickly... MoreSharing a Shell

(47 reviews) Review
4th April 2019

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty robbers Hef... MoreWhat the Ladybird Heard Next

(44 reviews) Review
26th April 2016

The Princess and the Wizard

"The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape." But each tim... MoreThe Princess and the Wizard

(34 reviews) Review
4th April 2019

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

A magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Lad... MoreThe Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

(32 reviews) Review
24th May 2012

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit is a delightful story from bestselling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of the hug... MoreThe Rhyming Rabbit

(31 reviews) Review
2nd April 2020

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Join everyone's favourite crime-busting ladybird on a trip to the seaside! With a cast of wonderful sea creatures, i... MoreWhat the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

(30 reviews) Review
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