Sean Taylor is a children's author with more than 60 books and a generous number of awards under his belt.
Autumn Feast - the much-awaited fourth part to his seasonal storybook series, co-written with ecologist Alex Morss - publishes in 2024. It follows Winter Sleep, Busy Spring and Wild Summer, all published by Quarto and illustrated by Cinyee Chiu.
And The Dream Train - Sean's exquisite book of bedtime poetry - finds a companion in 2024. Also published by Walker, You're a Poet is a book to encourage children to have a go at writing their own.
The foolishly funny Natterjack Toad Can’t Believe It! with Kathyrn Durst is also out with Walker in 2024.
2023 saw When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth - a book with more false endings than a country-house maze (and all of them ‘sad and terrible’) and MONSTER! THIRSTY! DRINK! - an equally raucous follow-up to MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE!.
Sean started writing poetry as a teenager. Then in 1993, he came across a newspaper article which reported that a goat slaughtered by a cleric in Iran had been found to have teeth made of gold. He tried writing a story for children. It was called The Goat With The Golden Teeth. It won second prize in a competition run by The Independent and Scholastic Children's Books.
Since then Sean has focused on writing for young readers.
Sean really has written a lot of books. Funny books, like Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise, illustrated by Jean Jullien - winner of the Hampshire Picture Book Award and a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. Magical books like The Snowbear, a winter story illustrated by Claire Alexander, which the New York Times was keen on.
Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks, Busy Spring, Winter Sleep and Wild Summer are all nature storybooks. Co-written with ecologist Alex Morss, their blend of non-fiction and storytelling has proved a compelling combination for parents, teachers and children.
Sean also works as a storyteller, and has many years experience working with stories and poetry in schools. He's based in Bristol with his wife and two sons.