Penny Dale took a foundation course at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art & Design and later graduated with a degree from Exeter College of Art and Design. She worked in the theatre before she started her work in book illustration, for which awards have been numerous. Wake Up Mr B! (1988) and Rosie’s Babies (1990) were both shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Rosie’s Babies also winning the Best Book for Babies Award. Night Night Cuddly Bear (2001) and the board book of Ten in the Bed (2002) both won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.
Jamie and Angus won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Penny is widely published in countries all round the world. She and her husband live in Wales.