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 including 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!