Lynne Rickards was born in Canada but has made Scotland her permanent home since 1992. She studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art and has degrees in French Literature & Translation and Museum Studies. After working for some years as an editor, illustrator, proofreader and translator, she finally settled on the perfect occupation, writing for children.
Raised on Doctor Seuss and AA Milne, Lynne learned early the power of rhyme and rhythm in children's books. Her own work reflects this, and the majority of her published titles are rhyming stories. Her publishers include Macmillan, Egmont UK, Chicken House, Hodder, Scholastic, Floris Books and HarperCollins.
Lynne delights in bringing her stories to young audiences in primary schools, libraries and book festivals across the UK. She has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow and the Wigtown Book Festival among many others. She credits her own children as the inspiration for much of her work, particularly where penguin characters creep in.
Lynne is very grateful to have been paired with some amazing illustrators who have brought her stories to life so beautifully. She is also honoured to have been asked to contribute her own illustrated letter to the Just Imagine Story Centre alphabet wall in Chelmsford. She can scarcely believe her letter G is up there surrounded by so many world-class illustrators!
In 2013, Lynne wrote the lyrics and music for Pink! The Musical, based on her popular picture book, Pink! illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain and published by Birlinn. With the help of a grant from Creative Scotland the show was developed by the Hopscotch Theatre Company and toured round schools for 6 months. A concert performance was a highlight of the children's programme for the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival.