Hello, I’m Alex English!

I’ve always loved stories. As a child, I devoured Gillian Cross’ The Demon Headmaster series, Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch and Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

Even after I grew up I still secretly loved reading children’s books, so one day, when my baby son was sleeping, I decided to try and write one. After lots of attempts (and lots of failures), my first picture book Yuck said the Yak was published. I loved writing it and went on to write more and more.

My picture books have since been short-listed for the Dundee Picture Book Award, chosen by BookTrust as part of their Bookstart Corner programme and selected by The Reading Agency for the Summer Reading Challenge.

I also write fiction for older children and I recently graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People.

I love Paris, ravens, running, baking macarons, horse riding, forests, horse riding in forests, custard creams, huge mugs of milky tea, making up silly songs, getting lost on purpose and watching thunderstorms.

I live just outside Paris in France with my husband, two boys and a garden full of noisy toads.