Author details

Ross Collins


On graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Ross won the MacMillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he's illustrated over 100 books for children and written about a dozen or so. Children in over 20 countries seem to enjoy them and several have won enormous, glittering awards.

Ross' Greenaway shortlisted book, 'The Elephantom,' was adapted into a critically acclaimed play by those clever people at the National Theatre who made that 'War Horse' thing.

'There's a Bear on My Chair' was also short listed for the Greenaway and won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour.

When he's not creating children's books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney.

He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog, Hugo, who is an idiot, and his partner, Jacqui, who is not.

Photo by Chris Close

Websites featuring the author


Current events and projects

I mostly do events for children around the ages of 5-8 at schools and book festivals. I also do the odd Adult Masterclass and talks about how to get started for Illustration students. Available nationwide - within reason!


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Illustrator, Writer



Books written

There's a Bear on My Chair

Author(s): Ross Collins
Illustrated by: Ross Collins
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two.

Thesus and the Minotaur

Author(s): Ross Collins
Theseus wants to prove he is a hero. He attempts to defeat a terrible beast but he must journey deep into the labyrinth.

The Story of Matthew Buzzington

Author(s): Ross Collins
Hilarious story with trademark Stanton-esque nonsense. Matthew Buzzington has a superpower - he can turn into a fly!

Littlenose Collection: The Magician

Author(s): Ross Collins
The Neanderthal winter lasts for months and months; it's a great time to go exploring.

Robot Rumpus

Author(s): Ross Collins
When Mum and Dad go out for the evening they think they've left their daughter in safe hands with robots designed to get her to bed!


Author(s): Ross Collins
Whenever there’s a pong, poo or puddle that can’t be explained, Norman and Ringo are the hounds that take the blame. Determined to exploit their status for profit, Blamehounds Inc.

Sterling and the Canary

Author(s): Ross Collins
Sterling Thaxton is in love. In love with Lizzie Harris - the beautiful new girl. Her hair is the colour of magic. Her nose is as sweet as music. Her arms are as slender as rainbows.


Author(s): Ross Collins
Illustrated by: Ross Collins
Mum has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday - no drawing allowed! But surely one little fly won't hurt?

Dear Vampa

Author(s): Ross Collins
The Pires are cursed with new neighbors. Things were just fine on Nostfer Avenue until the Wolfsons arrived. There seems to be no end to the new family's strange rituals.

Medusa Jones

Author(s): Ross Collins
Illustrated by: Ross Collins