Anita Jeram studied Art at Manchester and through her tutor she was introduced to Walker Books. Her first book, Bill's Belly Button was published the year following her graduation and second, It was Jake! was included on the National Curriculum SAT reading list. Her most recent success has been her illustrations for Guess How Much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney, with over a million copies printed in the first year of publication. It was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Emil Award, for the 1994 British Book Awards (Illustrated Children's Books category,) and was winner of the 1996 American Bookseller's Book of the Year Award. Other picture books include Contrary Mary which was shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award, 1996, and The Most Obedient Dog in the World, shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 1994. Anita Jeram lives in Ireland.