Mick Manning

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Mick Manning (born 1959) is a British artist and creator of children's books.


Manning was raised in Haworth, near Keighley, Yorkshire, England. He studied graphic design at the University of Northumbria and then illustration at the Royal College of Art where his tutors included John Norris Wood, Quentin Blake and Sheila Robinson. In 1990 he devised and ran the BA honours Illustration option at the Glasgow School of Art as Course Leader. British artist-illustrators Xavier Pick and Mark Hearld[1] are two of his ex-students. He resigned from lecturing in 1998 to concentrate on writing and illustrating children's books and to exhibit his own prints and drawings. (Manning is represented as a printmaker by St Jude's Prints and Godfrey & Watt.)[2][3])

Manning is best known for his 20-year collaboration as a writer and co-illustrator with his partner Brita Granström. As a duo they have won many awards including the Times Educational Supplement award for Whats Under The Bed (Watts), a Smarties Prize runner-up for The World Is Full Of Babies (Watts), and English Association awards for Wash, Scrub, Brush (Watts), Voices of the Rainforest (Watts), and Greek Hero (Frances Lincoln). Their book Yuck! (Frances Lincoln) is visually and verbally referenced in the Mike Leigh film Happy-Go-Lucky by the lead character Poppy. Tail-End Charlie (Frances Lincoln), a picture book about Manning's father's Second World War experiences as an RAF air gunner and originally written for their own four sons, was a finalist for the Blue Peter Book Award in 2010. It was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2009. In 2011 Manning (and Granström) won a fourth English Association award with Taff in the WAAF (Frances Lincoln), which features his mother's war experience in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force as a 'Y' station listener for Bletchley Park. In 2008 Manning was made one of 175 Bradford Heroes.[clarification needed][4] In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the English Association for his work with picture book non-fiction for children and he won its award for the fifth time in 2014 with Charlie's War Illustrated (Watts), a book about his grandfather's experiences in World War One, 1914-18.

In 1998, The Scotsman newspaper wrote, "Mick Manning and Brita Granström's approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves."[5]

In 2010, Manning and Granström were interviewed about their collaborative approach to non-fiction and picture books by Margaret Mallet for the English Association.[6]

Manning and Granström's most recent children's books[when?] include The Beatles (Frances Lincoln), Secrets of Stonehenge (Frances Lincoln), and Charlie's War Illustrated (Franklin Watts).

In both 2012 and 2013, Mick Manning and Brita Granström for their joint work in picture book non-fiction made the shortlist for the international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award,[7] the world's biggest cash prize for children's literature.

  • 2008 – Tail-End Charlie (Frances Lincoln) – nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award Best Book with Facts
  • 2009 – What Mr. Darwin Saw (Frances Lincoln)
  • 2010 – Taff in the WAAF (Frances Lincoln) – winner of the English Association Award, 2011
  • 2010 – My Uncle's Dunkirk (Watts)
  • 2011 – Nature Adventures (Frances Lincoln)
  • 2011 – Charles Dickens: Scenes From An Extraordinary Life (Frances Lincoln)
  • 2013 – The Secrets of Stonehenge (Frances Lincoln)
  • 2013 – Charlie's War Illustrated (Watts)
  • 2014 – The Beatles (Frances Lincoln)


  1. ^ "Mark Hearld - An Introduction". YouTube.com. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Limited edition prints and more – St. Jude's Prints". Stjudesprints.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  3. ^ "GODFREY & WATT – Harrogate, North Yorkshire - specialising in British art - art gallery in Harrogate specialising in ceramics, painting, prints and sculpture". Godfreyandwatt.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  4. ^ "175 Heroes at Bradford College". 175heroes.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Inside the Big Wide World of Stories". Lindsey Fraser. The Scotsman. 11 August 1998.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the English Association — University of Leicester". Le.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  7. ^ "About the Award | Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award". Astridlindgrenmemorialaward.wordpress.com. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 

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