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Alice Hemming
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BornMay 4 1977
United Kingdom
GenreChildren's fiction
Years active2013-present

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Alice Hemming (born 4 May 1977) is an English author of children's picture books and middle grade fiction. She is best known for her picture book The Leaf Thief and her Dark Unicorn series.

Life and Career[edit]

Alice Thorp (writes under her maiden name, Hemming[1]) was born in England, UK in 1977. As a child she loved drawing and writing, and wanted to write a book when she grew up. She worked as a librarian, a website editor, and an Outreach manager for a university. She continued writing and drawing as a hobby but never pursued it as a career until she had children and left her full-time job.[2] Her first book, The Black and White Club was published in September 2013.[3] She is now the author of 59 books, including her picture book The Leaf Thief (illustrated by Nicola Slater) which has been translated into 19 languages[1], reached number 5 on The New York Times Best Sellers list for children's picture books[4], and won the Channel Island Children's Picture Book of the Year in 2021.[5] Hemming lives in Hertfordshire, UK with her husband and two children,[1] and works closely with her writing critique group.[6]

Hemming's Dark Unicorn books are a series of fairytales set in a single literary universe, but with different characters and stories.[7] Hemming has cited Hans Christian Andersen and his work as a main inspiration for her Dark Unicorn fairytales. She names The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen as the first bedtime story that caught her attention when she was four-years-old.[8]

As well as picture books and middle grade fiction, Hemming is also known for writing books designed for learning to read, used in schools[9] (published by Collins Big Cat[10], Ransom[11], and Maverick[12]), in addition to a short story collection of Bedtime Stories for Plants[13][14][15].


George and Friends[edit]

  • The Black and White Club (2013), illustrated by Kimberley Scott
  • A Gold Star for George (2015), illustrated by Kimberley Scott
  • George and the New Craze (2016), illustrated by Kimberley Scott

The Leaf Thief[edit]

  • The Leaf Thief (2020), illustrated by Nicola Slater
  • That's MY Flower (2023), illustrated by Nicola Slater

Class X[edit]

  • Arlo, Mrs. Ogg, and the Dinosaur Zoo (2018), illustrated by Kathryn Durst
  • Arlo, Miss Pythia, and the Forbidden Box (2019), illustrated by Mike Garton
  • Arlo, Dr Bland, and the Spooktacular Fair (2020), illustrated by Mike Garton

Rose Gold and Friends[edit]

  • Rose Gold and Friends (2019)
  • Yasmeen's Winter Fun (2019)
  • Amber's Mystery Sleepover (2020)
  • Oralie's Scavenger Hunt (2020)

Dark Unicorn[edit]

  • The Midnight Unicorn (2019)
  • The Darkest Unicorn (2020)
  • The Cursed Unicorn (2020)
  • The Blazing Unicorn (2021)
  • The Frozen Unicorn (2022)


  • Bibble and the Bubbles (2014), illustrated by Sara Sanchez
  • Robopop (2015), illustrated by James Lent
  • Bedtime Stories for Plants (2019), illustrated by Livi Gosling

Reading Scheme Books[edit]

  • Late for the Party (2015), illustrated by Nick Roberts
  • At the Zoo (2015)
  • Night and Day (2015)
  • Colours (2015)
  • The Northern Lights (2015)
  • Rickety Rocket (2016), illustrated by Emma Randall
  • Can you Draw? (2017)
  • Can you Throw the Ball? (2017)
  • Get up, Tilly! (2017)
  • Shopping Fun (2017)
  • Smile, Please! (2017)
  • Little Monkeys (2017)
  • The Loudest One... (2017)
  • Birthday Surprise (2017)
  • See you Soon, Grandpa (2017)
  • Tilly Goes Camping (2017)
  • When I Grow up... (2017)
  • The Forgotten Cookies (2017)
  • The Museum Explorers (2017)
  • The Story Walk (2017)
  • The Long Race (2017)
  • Bam-Boo and I Wish (2017), illustrated by Julia Seal
  • Sheep on the Run! (2017), illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
  • Buzz and Jump! Jump! (2017), illustrated by Louise Forshaw
  • Can I Have my Ball Back? (2017), illustrated by Ed Myer
  • The Best Vest Quest (2017), illustrated by Alex Paterson
  • Robber Rabbit (2018), illustrated by Serena Lombardo
  • Picnic Planet (2019), illustrated by Emma Randall
  • Jetpack Jelly (2019), illustrated by Emma Randall
  • The Perfect Spot (2019), illustrated by Gisela Bohórquez
  • Robin Hood (2019), illustrated by Davide Ortu
  • Map Scraps (2019), illustrated by Alan Rowe
  • Peter Pan (2019)
  • The Jungle Book (2019)
  • Around the Work in Eighty Days (2019)
  • Tickets! (2020), illustrated by Mike Byrne
  • Delivery! (2022), illustrated by Kelly Caswell
  • The Shiny Trophy (2022), illustrated by Alex Patrick
  • The Bumpy Ride (2022), illustrated by Mateja Lukežič
  • Rainbow Snow (2022), illustrated by Noopur Thakur


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Alice Hemming Biography". Love Reading 4 Kids Official Website. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  2. "About Alice Hemming". Alice Hemming Official Website. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. "The Black and White Club". Love Reading 4 Kids Official Website. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  4. "New York Times Children's Picture Books Best Sellers Oct. 23, 2022". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2023.
  5. "Channel Islands Children's Book Awards Official Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  6. "Alice Hemming Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  7. "Scholastic 'Chapter One' with Alice Hemming". Scholastic Official Website. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  8. "Words & Pictures Inspirations from the Bookshelf". Words & Pictures Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  9. "Books - Alice Hemming Official Website". Alice Hemming Official Website. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  10. "Alice Hemming on Collins Big Cat". Collins Big Cat Official Website. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  11. "Alice Hemming on Ransom Publishing". Ransom Publishing Official Website. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  12. "Alice Hemming on Maverick Publishing". Maverick Publishing Official Website. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  13. "Talk to Your Plants? Try Bedtime Stories". Flower Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2023.
  14. "It's a Thing: Bedtime Stories for Plants". Arizona Foothills Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2023.
  15. "A Book of Bedtime Stories for Plants has been Written". Scottish Field. Retrieved 18 April 2023.

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