Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a factory fitter and a primary school teacher.
Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library.
The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.
It was while Jonathan was at college, studying architecture, that he first started developing his own illustrated texts, illustrating poems and lyrics that he’d written. Pleased with the results, he found himself spending more and more time on writing and illustration.
In 1995 after working as an architect for several years, Jonathan Emmett turned to a full-time career writing young fiction and picture books, and also writing and paper-engineering a number of pop-up books.
His books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Kiekeboekprijs award for Bringing Down the Moon.
His recent book, ‘Callums Incredible Construction Kit’ has become very popular.
He now lives in Nottingham with his wife, Rachel, and children, Max and Laura.
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