Lydia Monks

Lydia Monks Headshot

Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. 

Lydia lives in Sheffield with her husband and two daughters. Her favourite subjects at school were Art, English and R.E. before she went on to achieve a First Class degree in Illustration at Kingston University. At the weekend she wins trophies in Irish dancing, goes to aerobics, watches films and visits friends. 

Book Cover - What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Julia Donaldson’s indomitable ladybird pays a visit to the seaside in this charming picturebook. And who do you think she sees there, planning yet another criminal endeavour? None other than her old adversaries Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len! This time the dreadful duo have designs on the mermaid’s beautiful hair. Once again (and luckily for the mermaid) the tiny spotty adventurer sees all, hears all and rallies the sea creatures to come up with an idea to play a trick of their own and outwit the terrible thieves.