Simon James’ first book, The Day Jake Vacuumed, was published in 1990 –two more books about Jake soon followed. My Friend Whale, was the first of several concerned with a child’s relationship with the natural world – Dear Greenpeace, Sally and the Limpet, The Wild Woods and The Birdwatchers have established Simon as one of the country’s leading author/illustrators. Leon and Bob won the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award and was the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Days Like This, a collection of small poems, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The hugely popular Baby Brains, which has been translated in to over twenty languages, was the overall winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2005, voted for by children all over the UK.
Simon is a much sought-after speaker in schools, book festivals and conferences both in the UK and the US. He continues to enjoy international success with his latest books, George Flies South, Nurse Clementine and Rex. His latest book Frog and Beaver was published in January 2017. Meanwhile, Simon is currently working in his studio on The Boy From Mars.