About Jane

Jane Ray

Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University. Her main study was ceramics and she didn't start to illustrate until she left college. Her first published work was a series of greetings cards for Roger la Borde, followed by some book jackets, and eventually black and white illustrations for a poetry anthology with Orchard Books.

Her first full colour picture book was A Balloon for Grandad by Nigel Gray, published by Orchard Books in 1989. Since then Jane has illustrated numerous children's books, including Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty, The King of Capri by Jeanette Winterson, The Lost happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy and Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar. But Jane is increasingly writing her own material. Her first story was ‘Can you catch a Mermaid?’ and this has been followed by ‘The Apple Pip Princess’, ‘The Dolls House Fairy’, and ‘Ahmed and the feather Girl’. She has also retold `Snow White’ in a magnificent `pop-up` version and is working on Cinderella using the same format.

Jane has always shown her work and exhibits regularly at:

Press and Magazine Features about Jane


Prizes & Awards

Winner, Smarties Award (6-8 years):

Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award:

Shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award:

Shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award:

Other Work - includes:

Posters for:

  • The London Film Festival
  • The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Magic Flute)
  • The Young Vic
  • The National Theatre
  • Dartington International Summer School
  • Polka Childrens Theatre

Cards for:

  • Roger La Borde
  • Amnesty International
  • Greenpeace
  • Water Aid
  • Labour Party
  • Musicians Benevolent Fund
  • Connect Humanitarian Agency
  • Unicef

Book-jacket designs for:

  • Cape
  • Penguin
  • Faber and Faber
  • Bloomsbury
  • Bodley Head
  • Oxford University Press
  • Random House
  • Barn Owl Books


Limited Edition Prints

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