Anita Jeram

Anita Jeram

Original picture book artwork by Anita Jeram is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration together with the original artwork from her popular Two Bad Mice cards.

Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She completed both her foundation course in Visual Studies and degree course in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. Her tutor, David Hughes (also an illustrator), took some of her work to Walker Books and her first book, Bill's Belly Button, was published in 1991, a year after she graduated. Her second book, It Was Jake!, was included on the National Curriculum SAT reading list.

Since then Anita Jeram has become recognised globally with numerous highly successful titles to her name inclding her best known book, Guess How Much I Love You, which rapidly became established around the world as a new picture-book classic. Over a million copies were printed in the first year of publication and it was one of the best-selling children's books in both Britain and America. Guess How Much I Love You was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and for the Illustrated Children's Books category of the 1994 British Book Awards.

Anita has worked with some of the U.K.'s best known authors including Dick King-Smith, but mainly writes and illustrates her own books. She is also a highly successful greetings card designer for Two Bad Mice and the illustrations from these, together with her original book artwork, have proved extremely popular with buyers.

Anita lives in a renovated farmhouse right near the sea with her husband and three children, together with a menagerie of animals - that her daughter keeps adding to!

A blog by Two Bad Mice director Julian Williams on Anita's work is well worth a read!

Books

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Puppy Love
Little Chick
All Pigs are Beautiful - PUBLISHED artwork
It was Jake!
Dick King-Smith's Animal Friends
Contrary Mary

Illustrations

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  • ‘and he can do almost as many things as Danny.’

    ‘and he can do almost as many things as Danny.’

  • ‘Danny was at home.’

    ‘Danny was at home.’

  • ‘Let's dress up!’

    ‘Let's dress up!’

  • ‘Endpapers’

    ‘Endpapers’

  • ‘Oh, what a mess!’

    ‘Oh, what a mess!’

  • ‘He dug near the flowers ... He dug everywhere.’

    ‘He dug near the flowers ... He dug everywhere.’

  • ‘After a while, Danny's mum came out to look for him.’

    ‘After a while, Danny's mum came out to look for him.’

  • ‘If I have to have a wash, I think you should have one too.’

    ‘If I have to have a wash, I think you should have one too.’

  • ‘Mum ... said Danny. Look what Jake did!’

    ‘Mum ... said Danny. Look what Jake did!’

  • ‘Soon he was busy cutting paper shapes.’

    ‘Soon he was busy cutting paper shapes.’

  • ‘But it wasn't me, Mum, said Danny. It was Jake!’

    ‘But it wasn't me, Mum, said Danny. It was Jake!’

  • ‘Don't blame Jake!’

    ‘Don't blame Jake!’

  • ‘Jake can't use scissors ... taps ... a spade ... (or) dress himself!’

    ‘Jake can't use scissors ... taps ... a spade ... (or) dress himself!’

  • ‘I think you should say sorry to Jake!’

    ‘I think you should say sorry to Jake!’

  • ‘Supper’

    ‘Supper’

  • ‘but you can go to bed ...’

    ‘but you can go to bed ...’

  • ‘...his mum brought him a glass of milk and some toast ...’

    ‘...his mum brought him a glass of milk and some toast ...’

  • ‘That's funny, thought Danny, my toast has disappeared...’

    ‘That's funny, thought Danny, my toast has disappeared...’

  • ‘It was JAKE!’

    ‘It was JAKE!’

  • ‘Preliminary front cover artwork’

    ‘Preliminary front cover artwork’

  • ‘Preliminary drawing for

    ‘Preliminary drawing for "Oh, what a mess!"’

  • ‘Preliminary front and back cover artwork’

    ‘Preliminary front and back cover artwork’