The following is from Anita Jeram’s website:
“Anita grew up in Portsmouth (England). Her brother and sisters were all much older than her and she was a shy little girl who didn’t talk much. Her mum (Mrs Rogers) worked in a curtain store, and her dad (Mr. Rogers) mended ambulances.
She didn’t have many picture books when she was little, but she really loved the ones she did have. Most of all she liked drawing, animals, and drawing animals. She drew in books (OOPS), and on comics, and on any odd scraps of paper she could find.
Of course she wasn’t very good at drawing when she was little, it’s something you have to learn gradually and practice a lot.
After school, Anita went to Art College in Portsmouth for a while, but she didn’t enjoy it very much and decided to leave and get a job.
She did all sorts of jobs. She worked in a talcum powder factory, she picked the burned crisps off a conveyor belt in a crisp factory, and she worked in shops. Her favourite job was as a kennel assistant because she got to meet so many interesting cats and dogs.
At school, Anita was good at art and reading and writing, but really didn’t like any of the other subjects. She wanted to be a vet or a zoo keeper, or something to do with animals, but you have to get the right qualifications don’t you, and Anita didn’t.
She remembers bunking off school quite a lot, and one time when her maths teacher put a pile of paper on her desk and told her to forget about maths and to just draw for the rest of the lesson.
Anita is an artist. She draws things, and paints things, and makes things, and creates things, and rubs things out, and colours them in, until, they are just exactly how she likes them.
Anita is best known as an illustrator of children’s storybooks, particularly the modern classic Guess How much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney. You might have read that book – I believe it’s quite famous.
Writing and illustrating picture books is a great job to have, but that’s not all Anita does. She just can’t stop drawing, and not all pictures fit neatly into books do they?”