Helen Cooper (illustrator)

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Helen F. Cooper (born 1963 in London) is a British illustrator and an author of children's picture books.

She won the 1996 and 1998 Kate Greenaway Medals from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject.[1][2] She also wrote both books, The Boy Who Wouldn't Go To Bed (1996) and Pumpkin Soup (1998). They were consecutive projects for her.[3]

Beside winning the two Greenaway Medals (no one has won three), Cooper made the shortlist for The Bear Under the Stairs (Doubleday, 1993) and Tatty Ratty (Doubleday, 2001).[4][5]

Cooper is married to the American illustrator and picture book artist Ted Dewan. He was a commended runner up for the 2000 Greenaway for Crispin: The Pig Who Had It All.[6]

Her one published book as a writer, beside her solo picture books, is a 75-page novella that Dewan illustrated: Sandmare (London: Young Corgi, 2001; ISBN 978-0-552-54717-8).[7][8]

WorldCat reports that Pumpkin Soup is her work most widely held in participating libraries.[9]


Cooper is both the writer and the illustrator of twelve published picture books and a set of four "mini-books" about toy animals (1994), later packaged in English, Spanish, and Catalan languages as Toy Tales (1999).[9] She has illustrated a few books by other writers[4] and written one book with another illustrator, as noted.

  • Kit and the Magic Kite (1987)
  • Lucy and the Eggwitch (1989), by Moira Miller
  • Solomon's Secret (1989), by Saviour Pirotta
  • Ella and the Rabbit (1990)
  • Christmas Stories for the Very Young (1990), a collection edited by Sally Grindley
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (1991), an edition of the classic by Edward Lear
  • Chestnut Grey (1993)
  • The Bear Under the Stairs (1993)
  • The House Cat (1993)
  • Toy Tales (1994; 1999 omnibus under one title)
    • The tale of bear
    • The tale of frog
    • The tale of duck
    • The tale of pig
  • Little Monster Did It! (1995)
  • The Boy Who Wouldn't Go To Bed (1996)
  • Pumpkin Soup (1998)
  • Tatty Ratty (2001)
  • Sandmare (Corgi, 2001), written by Cooper and illustrated by Ted Dewan
  • A Pipkin of Pepper (2003 or 2004) — sequel to Pumpkin Soup
  • Delicious (2006) — sequel to Pumpkin Soup
  • Dog Biscuit (2008)

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  1. ^ (Greenaway Winner 1996). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ (Greenaway Winner 1998). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Helen Cooper". Authors: A–Z. The Random House Group. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Picture Books Main Page". Helen Cooper. Retrieved 3 September 2012. (See also the left menu.)
  5. ^ Press Desk (directory). CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012. Quote: "media releases relating to the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards in date order." (2002 to 2006 releases concern 2001 to 2005 awards.)
  6. ^ "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  7. ^ Sandmare in libraries (WorldCat catalog). Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  8. ^ "SANDMARE by Helen Cooper, Ted Dewan". Kirkus Reviews, 15 January 2003. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Cooper, Helen (Helen F.)". WorldCat. Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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