(1963 - )
Helen F. Cooper (born 1963 in London) is a British illustrator and an author of children’s picture books.
She won the 1996 and 1998 Kate Greenaway Medals from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book illustration by a British subject. She also wrote both books, The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed (1996) and Pumpkin Soup (1998). They were consecutive projects for her.
Beside winning the two Greenaway Medals (no one has won three), Cooper made the shortlist for The Bear Under the Stairs (Doubleday, 1993) and Tatty Ratty (Doubleday, 2001).
Cooper is married to the American illustrator and picture book artist Ted Dewan. He was a commended runner up for the 2000 Greenaway for Crispin: The Pig Who Had It All.
The baby does not want to go to bed, and sets out in his kiddie car to have adventures. But everyone he meets keeps falling asleep.
The Bear Under the Stairs (1993)
A little boy feeds the bear that lives under the stairs.
A magical talking horse aids the farmer’s son in his quest for the hand of the Princess Elena.
Six Christmas stories for young readers.
There are no pumpkins to be had -- what will cat, squirrel and duck do for soup?
Dog Biscuit (2008)
Hungry Bridget stole a biscuit and ate … a dog biscuit. Will she really turn into a …?
Ella and the Rabbit (1990)
Ella opens the rabbit’s cage … just to see …
When the bees deliver an invitation to visit a museum of magic, Ben knows it’s meant for him.
The House Cat (1993)
Tom-Cat lives in a duplex, until one day the downstairs family moves away and takes him with them.
Kit and the Magic Kite (1987)
Kit flies away on the magic kite to see the world and, perhaps join up with a witch, but …
Little Monster Did It (1995)
When the new baby comes home, Amy and her favorite stuffed toy, Little Monster, show their displeasure.
Lucy and the Egg Witch (1989)
When Lucy neglects to make a hole in the shell of her soft boiled egg, the Egg Witch shrinks her to the size of a mouse. Can the Pond Dragon rescue her?
The Owl and the Pussycat (1991)
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea green boat.
A Pipkin of Pepper (2005)
A cat, a squirrel, a duck, pumpkin soup, but not salt … and pepper?
Pumpkin Soup (1998)
A cat, a squirrel and a duck live deep in the woods in an old white cabin where they dine every day on pumpkin soup, until one day …
Polly and her father draw a horse on the beach, and it comes to life and gallops to the stars.
Solomon’s Secret (1989)
Solomon discovers a hidden world in Mr. and Mrs. Zee’s back yard.
The Tale of Bear (1995)
Timothy’s old bear is afraid his master won't recognize him after he’s been through the wash.
The Tale of Duck (1994)
Duck loves to race the other toys and always wins, until he meets his Waterloo on the stairs.