Jane Ray

Author & Illustrator

Jane was born and brought up in London, where she still lives, working from a shed at the bottom of the garden. She has been illustrating and writing children`s books for 25 years and has a special interest in folk and fairy tales.

She enjoys writing her own stories (`Can You catch a Mermaid?` and `The Dolls House Fairy`, both published by Orchard Books) and illustrating stories by other people (`The Lost happy Endings` by Carol Ann Duffy and `The King of Capri` by Jeanette Winterson).

Jane's extraordinary new quartet of story collections for Boxer Books have been retold and illustrated by her. The first volume is The Emperor's Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales.

Jane also frequently works in primary schools, encouraging children to create their owns books and pictures,`

Ray lives and works in London. She is married to the conductor David Temple and has three children.

Jane has won numerous awards including the most prestigious Kate Greenaway award.


Congratulations to Jane Ray on being nominated for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award

Praise for Jane Ray's Story Collections

“Only an author and artist of Jane Ray’s dazzling talent could do justice to this stunning collection of bird stories, which she has told with elegant simplicity and illustrated in full colour throughout. This is the perfect gift to make a child’s imagination soar.”
– Shirley Hughes

“. . . stunning illustrations . . . this is a wonderful collection to share . . .”
Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading and the Guardian children’s book editor

“. . . visually stunning . . .a gorgeous collection.”
School Library Journal

“A book to be relished for its text, art and overall design.”

Books by Jane Ray