Author: Julia Jarman

Julia Jarman

Julia Jarman was born near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and now lives in Riseley, Bedfordshire. She has had over 80 books for children published. 

After reading English and Drama at the University of Manchester she was tempted by a career on the stage, but instead became a teacher on Merseyside. She started full-time writing in 1983. Married with three children, she also lives with three cats, two hamsters and a dog.

Despite living in the country, Julia prefers bookworms to earthworms and her idea of a treat is a trip to the theatre. She had wanted to become a writer ever since reading Little Women, but finds it a lonely life, so she loves visiting schools, talking to children and reading her stories aloud - very dramatically!

Julia's novel GHOST WRITER won the Stockport Schools Book Award, and was Highly Commended for the 2002 NASEN Children’s Book Award.


Illustrator: Lynne Chapman

Lynne Chapman 

Lynne Chapman was born in London, but now lives and works in Sheffield. She has illustrated over 30 children's titles. Bears on the Stairs is the 4th picture book in which Lynne has collaborated with author Julia Jarman.

Lynne's much-loved Giddy Goat, was adapted as a children's musical; Stinky! and Class Two at the Zoo both featured on CITV’s award-winning Bookaboo; Class Two at the Zoo was also winner of the Stockport School's Book Award. Lynne is author/illustrator of When You’re not Looking!

Lynne illustrates her picture books in pastels, creating drawings that burst with fun and colour, bringing a whole range of characters to life. She records much of the process of her illustration work, showing drawings in progress and discussing the various challenges of her projects, on her acclaimed blog: An Illustrator’s Life For Me! at

Lynne’s other passion is travelling with a pocket sketchbook and these little books have become her most treasured possessions. You can see inside Lynne's sketchbooks from around the world on her website