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Carol Thompson

Carol Thompson is an English author/illustrator living in a small town in the middle of England. Her childhood was spent in the East Anglian Fens, a wild landscape of flatland, water and huge skies. As a child she cycled everywhere - and still does!
She graduated with a BA in textile design, and worked as an illustrator in a small studio, eventually finding her place in the wonderful world of children's picture books. Carol is now the illustrator and in some cases the author/illustrator of more than sixty books. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages, including Lebanese and two indigenous Sioux languages, Dakota and Ojibwe. Somewhere in between she also raised three sons.

“I'm a fan of the small board book, and have wondered why they're so often overlooked. They can be a small child's first experience of handling and looking at a piece of visual art – upside down or not! They deserve to be creative and special” CT


Mother Goose Award for a first picture book.

Stonewall Honor Picture Book Award, US
ALA Notable Book
Co-operative Children's Book Centre Choice 2010
Oppenheim gold award US

2010 ALA Notable Book
Smithsonian Museum Notable Books for Children
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

SNUG. (Child’s Play) Coventry Inspirational Book Award (runner-up); Scottish Book Trust selected
CHILL. (Little Hare) UK Literacy Awards shortlist

ONE, TWO, THREE... JUMP! (Child’s Play) Guardian's top 10 most inclusive books.
“Children with eye patches, helmets, walking frames, hearing aids and cochlear implants can all be found having a whale of a time in the pages of this book. JUMP takes a simple concept and fuses it with wonderful inclusive images to make something utterly delightful and compelling. The books have a real sense of energy, reflecting the excitement of children as they explore the world through movement” Guardian

Carol is a member of The Society of Authors and The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. She is a committee member on IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), whose aims are to promote international understanding through children's literature and to ensure that children everywhere have access to good books.

Publishers include:
Walker Books, Candlewick Press, Oxford University Press, Francis Lincoln, Bloomsbury, Little Hare,
Roaring Brook Press, Clarion, Albert Whitman, Random House, Dutton, Tricycle Press, Transworld, and Child’s Play.

Carol is a regular contributor to HighLights magazine and Ladybug USA.

Work exhibited at:
Barbican Centre London
Commonwealth Institute London
Victoria and Albert Museum London
Chris Beetles Gallery London
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