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Mark Sommerset


Mark-Sommerset-879Mark Sommerset wrote his first stories at age eight but it wasn’t until his twenties that he realised his love for words through song-writing. He sang in a band, worked in the music industry, and ran a graphic design business with his wife Rowan before they started creating picture books together in 2005. Since then, Mark and Rowan's books have won a number of awards and are now published in multiple countries and languages around the world. As well as running their own publishing business, Mark also loves to attend festivals and schools to share stories and have fun with readers big and small. Working from his home studio on Waiheke Island, Mark can often be found playing-up with his son Linden or getting-down with his guitar.
 
Selected bibliography:
  • Cork on the Ocean (Dreamboat Books 2005).
  • Cork and the Bottle illustrated by Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books 2008)
  • The Silliest Dream Words illustrated by Ingrid Berzins (Dreamboat Books 2010)
  • Baa Baa Smart Sheep illustrated by Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books 2010)
  • Two Litle Bugs illustrated by Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books 2011)
  • I Love Lemonade illustrated by Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books 2012)
  • The Boy and the Cherry Tree illustrated by Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books 2013)
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Picture Book Finalist for Baa Baa Smart Sheep.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Children's Choice Winner for Baa Baa Smart Sheep.
  • White Ravens 2012 List for Two Little Bugs
  • PANZ New Zealand Book Design Awards 2013 Best Children's Book for Two Little Bugs
  • PANZ New Zealand Book Design Awards 2013 Book of the Year for Two Little Bugs
  • PANZ New Zealand Book Design Awards 2014 Best Children's Book for The Boy and the Cherry Tree
Other resources:
 

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