Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
Nick Manning and Brita Granstrom are a successful children’s book author and illustrator, husband and wife team. They have collaborated on over 65 books and won many awards, sharing both illustration and text, for twenty years.
Their critically acclaimed books, published internationally and in many languages, mix words and images in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways.
They are well known for their engaging and informative style of exploring non-fiction topics with illustrations and cartoon based captions. This format is fun and much easier for younger audiences to digest.
Most recently, they have been shortlisted for the 2013 and 2014 ALMA prize. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is international and the largest children’s literature prize in the world.
Their book ‘How Did I Begin’ a young child’s introduction to human reproduction and the growth of a baby within its mother’s womb was first published in 1997. This book was shortlisted (and a prize winner) at the Junior Science Awards in 1998.
Other nice things that have happened to their books include Mick’s book A Ruined House being chosen as one of Quentin Blake’s fifty all-time favourites in his book The Laureate’s Party and being invited to contribute illustrations, alongside others, to both The Birthday Book (in aid of the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts) and We Are All Born Free (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures for Amnesty International).
(Above) Mick and Brita with Nick’s mum Taff
Their award winning books include: What’s Under the Bed? Does a Cow Say Boo? Eyes, Nose Fingers Toes, Taff in the WAAF and Tail-End Charlie.
Their recent book, Charles Dickens – Scenes From An Extraordinary Life, was reviewed by Simon Callow in The New York Time in December 2011:
“…anyone of any age who is interested in Dickens would gain something from this book: its verve and wit are infectious. The darker side of Dickens is not dwelt on nor, for this readership, should it be. The subtitle sums it up very well: a wonderful, enduring introduction for young readers. ”
Other recent books include: Charlie’s War Illustrated, The Secrets of Stonehenge, and their latest; The Beatles, an exciting and informative picture book biography of the band that changed the world, set against the social revolution of the 1960s.
You can see whats new at their personal website MickandBrita.com.
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