Original picture book artwork by Anita Jeram is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration together with the original artwork from her popular Two Bad Mice cards.
Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She completed both her foundation course in Visual Studies and degree course in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. Her tutor, David Hughes (also an illustrator), took some of her work to Walker Books and her first book, Bill's Belly Button, was published in 1991, a year after she graduated. Her second book, It Was Jake!, was included on the National Curriculum SAT reading list.
Since then Anita Jeram has become recognised globally with numerous highly successful titles to her name inclding her best known book, Guess How Much I Love You, which rapidly became established around the world as a new picture-book classic. Over a million copies were printed in the first year of publication and it was one of the best-selling children's books in both Britain and America. Guess How Much I Love You was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and for the Illustrated Children's Books category of the 1994 British Book Awards.
Anita has worked with some of the U.K.'s best known authors including Dick King-Smith, but mainly writes and illustrates her own books. She is also a highly successful greetings card designer for Two Bad Mice and the illustrations from these, together with her original book artwork, have proved extremely popular with buyers.
Anita lives in a renovated farmhouse right near the sea with her husband and three children, together with a menagerie of animals - that her daughter keeps adding to!
A blog by Two Bad Mice director Julian Williams on Anita's work is well worth a read!
‘Monty peeping through the gate.’
‘A white, black-spotted, middling-snouted, flop-eared pig that comes from Gloucestershire!’
‘I just love pigs!’
‘Monty never looked very white, because he lived out in a wood…’
‘The luckiest pigs, like Monty, live outside.’
‘My one particular favourite was a boar called Monty.’
‘Monty wallowing in a pond.’
‘Monty galloping through the trees A’
‘Monty galloping through the trees B’
‘Oh, this is lovely you could hear him thinking.’
‘Sows who live out of doors build large nests…A’
‘Sows who live out of doors build large nests…B’
‘There are all sorts of things a pig might be saying to you …’
‘A cross pig!’
‘Picking up one of the babies A’
‘Picking up one of the babies B’
‘Picking up one of the babies C’
‘The vet's visit A’
‘The vet's visit B’
‘All Pigs are Beautiful!’
‘Girl in hat with pig’
‘Learn how to please a pig...’
‘Boy with tray of food for piglets.’