Compelling. Stimulating. Inclusive.

We make stories that are truly inclusive. We publish fantastic stories where the main characters represent all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. We have launched with Buddy's Pancakes and the Alice and Judy adventures we have several more in the pipeline so watch this space. Sign up to our newsletter to hear about new books and follow us on instagram, facebook or twitter.

Sheju John

Co-founder

Sheju writes and edits stories and handles the business side of things. He loves working with illustrators to get the pictures exactly right - his daring choices have given Parakeet Books two of the best illustrators out there: Vanessa Arduini and Anastasiya Epishina.

Judy Skidmore

Co-founder and creative director

Judy writes, edits and designs the books, website and promotional material. She found her hidden performer when she had to get right outside her comfort zone and start reading to large groups of children. Turns out she’s quite good at it!

Vanessa Arduini

Illustrator

Born in Como, Vanessa graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. She works as an architect, interior designer, graphic designer and illustrator. In her work she tries to merge her many passions, brought together by creativity and the use of colour. For Parakeet Books she illustrated the adorable Buddy's Pancakes and sumptuous Scout's Bedtime.

Anastasiya Epishina

Illustrator

Children’s illustrator, painter and graphic artist. Previously Anastasiya worked as an early childhood art teacher. She truly loves and is inspired by drawing with and for children. Her work for Eve’s New Brother is achingly beautiful and the love between the family members shines through every page.

Alan Skidmore

Writer and illustrator

Creator of our first and most beloved books, the Alice and Judy Adventures. These were lovingly devised by Alan over 30 years ago. The stories have not aged and the environmental themes are as relevant today as they ever were.

Geogy Roche

Digital

Geogy keeps things ticking over with Parakeetbooks.com - his 5-year-old daughter loves Buddy's Pancakes!

S. Meena Kumari

Translator

S. Meena Kumari is passionate about literacy and the Tamil language. Tamil is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world spoken by 70 million people worldwide. Meena lives in Chennai where our co-founder, Sheju, grew up.

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