Lara Jones is a British artist, author and illustrator. She has published many books but is best known for her Poppy Cat series which are published by MacMillan/Campbell Books. These books, for the very young, have sold in 20 languages and nearly two million copies. They are published in Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico,Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Holland and Japan as well as other countries. Television animation rights are currently in production with Nick Junior.
Jones was awarded the 2004 Sheffield Baby Book prize (bronze) and then a Booktrust Early Years Award for "Poppy Cat's Farm" in 2005.
Poppy Cat Hug won the Bronze Award at the Right Start Best Toy Award 2006 and
Swap the Scene Poppy Cat is a recent Bronze Award winner of the Practical Parenting Award 2006.
The recently published, Poppy Cat's First Word Book has been highly praised by pre-school magazine containing over 50 words which toddlers can learn.
She has illustrated many other books including her own picture books, "I Love Hugs," and "I Love My Potty." Other books illustrated by Jones include "Mermaid Poems,"(Clare Bevan), Mermaid Stories, Fairy Poems and Fairy Stories (all published by MacMillan) as well as "Babies Can" by Ian Whybrow and 'Pip and the Edge of Heaven' by Elizabeth Liddle (Lion, 2002).
Lara Jones studied art at Cheltenham College of Fine Art and went on to work at the Royal Academy and the Inkshed artists' agency before becoming a fulltime writer and illustrator.