Since his 2014 debut, multi award-winning author-illustrator Steve Antony has so far written and illustrated 18 picture books and sold over one million copies worldwide, and 7 of his titles have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. His Mr Panda series has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide and was recently optioned for TV by Magic Light Pictures. His highly acclaimed The Queen's Hat (the first instalment of the Queen Collection) was adapted into a musical concert by the London Symphony Orchestra and won the Evening Standard's Oscars Book Prize. His Queen's Hat inspired Shaun the Sheep statue raised 15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity. He plays an active role in his local community as Patron to Swindon Libraries Children's Services and recently designed their library card. He is an Ambassador for The National Literacy Trust , an active supporter of Beanstalk and a vocal advocate for more incidental inclusiveness in children's literature, having written several articles on the subject. Through his art, Steve has helped raise thousands for various UK charities including My AFK, BookTrust, Willow Foundation and Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.Steve's studied at Anglia Ruskin University after taking voluntary redundancy from a Swindon call centre. Steve was part-raised in New Mexico and now lives in Swindon UK with his husband and cat.
Praise for The Queen's Hat:'The witty and super stylish illustrations are a celebration of London and one of the Queen's very important relatives. A certain future classic, and without a doubt my absolute new favourite picture book! - LiteraryLovesThis is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great. - The Sun... this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings. - The TimesA truly wonderful, sometimes cheeky but absolutely essential children's book, a joyous thing indeed. - Read it DaddyThe carefully detailed illustrations tell a witty tale far beyond that expressed in the text... so hats off to Steve Antony for creating a crazy royal caper wich even manages to include an appearance by the infant Prince George. - Evening Echo IrelandThe joy of this books is in the detail... each stylish spread contains lots to look and laugh at. Beautifully depicts our traditions and our relationship with the Royal Family... brilliant. - Rhino ReadsA timely picture-book treasure... a rare joy for 3+ among a pile of opportunistic royal rot. It's the best guide since Madeline in London. - The Oldie Magazine