Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and spends a lot of time touring the country doing readings - and singing! Lucy Richards has always loved art and after winning an award from Hallmark for her final university show, it didn't take long for her to establish herself as a much-loved illustrator within children's publishing. As well as 'Night Monkey Day Monkey', she has also illustrated two Reading Ladder books - 'Mairi's Mermaid' by Michael Morpurgo (best-selling author of 'War Horse') and 'The Quick Brown Fox Cub' by Julia Donaldson (best-selling author of 'The Grufallo'). She lives in Bristol. Series consultant Nikki Gamble is the director of Just Imagine, a specialist resource and training centre for Primary English. She is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education.