Brian the Brave (written by Paul Stewart, Otter Barry Books 2019) tells the story of an ordinary sheep who bravely overcomes the prejudice of some of his fellow woolly creatures and manages to get everyone working together to outwit a predator. It’s a sweet, funny and inspiring tale.
“One of those picture books that stands out because of its important message and the gorgeous way in which it’s conveyed… superbly told with lots of touches of humour and exceptionally illustrated by Jane Porter who depicts these characters wonderfully.” Parents In Touch
“Jane Porter’s various sheep characters are splendidly portrayed in her dramatic, often funny, colourful collage scenes of the ups and downs of life ovine style” Jill Bennet, Red Reading Hub
“The illustrations are distinctive and vivid; fans of Eric Carle will find the textured, collage-like pictures reminiscent of his classic work” Kirkus Reviews
My debut picture book as both author and illustrator, Pink Lion, is out now with Walker Books in the UK and Kane Miller in the USA.
It tells the story of Arnold, whose happy-go-lucky existence with his flamingo family is challenged by the arrival of some very bouncy cousins, who teach him what turns out to be a very useful new skill… It’s all about identity, and the importance of being yourself – you can read more about how the story came into being here. It’s particularly exciting for me as it’s the first book I have illustrated AND written. Watch the video here for a taste of the book.
“Feels like an instant classic in the making, a lovely moral tale with a feelgood end.” Read It Daddy
“Throughout, the illustrations’ boldly coloured, limited palette and loose style add exuberance and fun to the telling of the story about identity and belonging. It does indeed seem that it’s love that makes a family.” Kirkus Reviews
“Utterly charming… Arnold is a lovable character and has potential to become an iconic name in children’s picture books. A sweet and enjoyable tale that your child will want to enjoy over and over again.” The Fountain Review
“This bold and bright picture book will promote discussions about identity and what makes a family. A terrific read-aloud, this is a story of courage, questioning, and belonging.” School Library Journal
“With themes of belonging, family, identity, being yourself and finding your voice, this zappy tale with its superbly expressive images offers plenty to enjoy, to ponder upon and to discuss.” Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
“One of the most adorable book covers you will ever see. Bar none. It’s just as engaging on the inside as well. This book will charm your socks off.” NC Teacher Stuff
“This upbeat, empowering story begins: “Arnold’s life was just right. His family loved him.” It ends the same way, but with more family to love. And that seems just right.” The Horn Book
Wings! by Paul Stewart, with collage illustrations by me, is the story of a penguin who wishes he could fly, and with a bit of help from his friends, discovers a talent he never knew he had (Otter Barry Books, 2016).
“Jane Porter’s richly coloured mixed media collage pictures are full of humour and pathos: her love of birds shines through in every one.” Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
“Paul Stewart’s delightful tale of discovering your own special talents, even though they may be different from those around you, is brought to life by Jane Porter’s beautiful collage illustrations.” Chris Riddell, The Guardian
“A fantastic book of friendship and working together, with some truly stunning papercraft illustrations” Read It Daddy
“I love this story, which is beautifully illustrated by Jane Porter – she depicts all the birds for us so well, and they are utterly delightful; my favourite picture is Owl giving Penguin a big hug. The story shows us how important supportive friends are, and how we all have a special talent, maybe an unexpected one. A lovely book.” Parents in Touch
My board book, This Rabbit, That Rabbit (Walker Books, 2013) was chosen by Booktrust to be given to every new baby born in the UK in 2015.
“A funny board book that will have you and your child giggling” Booktrust
“This is a lovely first picture book – the rabbits were fun and full of personality” Get Kids into Books
Duck Sock Hop, with words by Jane Kohuth, was published by Dial Books in the US in 2012. It’s a wonderful rhyming text about a group of ducks dancing their socks off.
“Charming” New York Times
“The illustrations pop and rock with the rhythm of the rhymes” Kirkus Reviews
I’ve also illustrated a non-fiction series for Ladybird and several early readers for Orion.