Emma Quay (pronounced 'kway') grew up in England, and has wanted to illustrate children's books for as long as she can remember. Since moving to Australia in 1993, Emma has illustrated a wide range of award-winning children's picture books. Her memorable characters for "Bear and Chook", "Good Night, Me", "Reggie and Lu", "Daddy's Having a Horse" and "Cheeky Monkey" are favourites on many children's and library bookshelves. Emma is the author of the popular series of titles for very young children, "Friends for Keeps" ("Friends are Forever" in the UK; "Hello, Friends" board books in the U.S.), illustrated by Anna Walker, and her much-anticipated recent collaboration with author Lisa Shanahan, "Bear and Chook by the Sea", won the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year Award, Early Childhood.
The picture book, "Shrieking Violet", which Emma both wrote and illustrated, was shortlisted in the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and a brand new picture book for very young children, "Rudie Nudie" (which celebrates those nudie moments between bath and bed time), is due for release in November 2011.
More information, teachers' notes, activities, work in progress and full book lists are available at Emma's website at www.emmaquay.com