Ros Asquith

Children's Author/Illustrator

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Ros Asquith


Associate Agent: Emily Talbot
Assistant: Molly Jamieson


Ros Asquith has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people. She answered only to the name of Jim until she was five and believed herself to be an Apache brave until she was nine. Her first job, aged 17, was illustrating Greek Myths for an American audio visual company. She graduated from Camberwell School of Art, working as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming theatre critic for Time Out magazine, Co-Theatre Editor of CITY LIMITS, deputy Theatre critic of the OBSERVER and diary writer for TV TIMES.
She has painted murals in several countries and many children’s bedrooms, cuddled a wolf and shared a cigarette with a chimpanzee.

Ros has two sons and lives in North London with a jazz critic.

You can find out more about Ros on her website:

Latest Publications:

THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF LIFE (7th March 2019, Lincoln Children's Books)

A glorious, diverse celebration of human life, from birth to death, by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith.
The sixth title in the Great Big Book series explores every stage of human life. From birth to starting nursery, being a teenager to becoming an adult, from work to relationships, homes and jobs, to aging illness and death. A universal but challenging topic is dealt with Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith's trademark sensitivity and humour and inclusivity.

THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF FRIENDS (5th April 2018, Frances Lincoln Children's Book)

What is a friend? Can a pet be a friend? Are you friends with your brothers and sisters? What if you don't have any friends? A wonderful celebration of all kinds of friendship, from best friends to groups of friends to toys that feel like friends, this truly inclusive book is a great way to start a conversation with children about what makes a good friend. From the author and illustrator team behind The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this diverse celebration of friendship is perfect for both the home and the classroom.