Lucy Cousins

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Lucy Cousins
Born (1964-02-10) 10 February 1964 (age 57)
OccupationChildren's book writer and illustrator
Alma materRoyal College of Art
Notable worksMaisy Books

Elizabeth "Lucy" Cousins (born 10 February 1964) is an English author and illustrator of children's books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse, but she has also published other children's books, such as Jazzy in the Jungle (2002) and one about Noah's Ark. She lives in Hampshire, England.[1]


Cousins, whose parents were also artists, was interested in children's books from an early age. But it took until the end of six years in art college for her to decide that she wanted to create children's books.[2] Cousins received BA Honours in Graphic Design from The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic.[2] She then attended the Royal College of Art, where she met Quentin Blake, who encouraged her work.[2] Her sense of design and color that she uses to this day, she developed while she was at the Royal College of Art.[3]


Cousins' work, especially Maisy, are a successful publishing brand, with books printed in 27 different languages and over 27 million copies of her books in print.[4] Her books are aimed at preschool-aged children and younger or older, her "simple and vibrant" illustrations are attractive to "the eye of the prereading child."[2] Her board books, designed especially for toddlers are considered among the best, according to Horn Book Magazine.[5] The Carnegie Library listed Maisy's First Colors as a 2013 pick for their Best Books for Babies list.[6]

Cousins' character, Maisy, was featured on a postage stamp published by the U.S. Postal Service in their 2006 Favorite Children's Book Animals Series.[7]

Cousins won a Booktrust Best Book Award in 2014 for Peck, Peck, Peck.[8] She received Mathical Honors for Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep!.[9]



  1. ^ "About Maisy At the Farm, Lucy Cousins". Baker & Taylor Author Biographies. 3 January 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Phinney, Margaret Yatsevitch (24 January 2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Literary Reference Center, EBSCOhost. p. 201. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ Gershowitz, Elissa (9 February 2015). "Five Questions for Lucy Cousins". The Horn Book. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Walker Books Snaps Up Lucy Cousins Licensing". Bookseller (5366): 10. 23 January 2009. ISSN 0006-7539. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  5. ^ Horning, Kathleen T. (1997). "Board Books Go Boom". The Horn Book Magazine. 73 (2): 155–160. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ "2014 Best Books for Babies List Released by Carnegie Library". South Pittsburgh Reporter. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  7. ^ Springen, Karen (22 August 2013). "U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  8. ^ Baggott, Sophie (2 July 2014). "Six Winners of Booktrust Best Book Awards Unveiled!". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Mathical Book Prizes 2021" (PDF).

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