Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She studied illustration at Manchester Polytechnic and her first book ‘Bill’s Belly Button’ was published a year after she graduated. Her best known book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, written by Sam McBratney is an enchanting bedtime story of family love and tenderness. It rapidly became an international best seller, being translated into over 27 languages, and it is now firmly established as a modern picture-book classic. It was short listed for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and for the Illustrated Children's Books category of the 1994 British Book Awards and was winner of the 1996 American Bookseller's Book of the Year Award. Since its publication the story and illustrations have captivated adults and children the world over.
In 2004, Anita reunited with ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ author Sam McBratney to produce the follow-up, ‘You’re All My Favourites’, and the two of them collaborated again to produce a series of brand-new storybooks featuring the Nutbrown Hares: ‘Guess How Much How I Love You in the Spring’ and its three companion titles, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Anita has worked with some of the UK’s best known authors, including Dick King-Smith but mainly writes and illustrates her own books. She lives in Northern Ireland with a menagerie of animals.