Leonie Lord Leonie has illustrated several picture books for some of our best loved authors such as Martin Waddell, Michelle Robinson, Jeanne Willis and Caryl Hart. Sofa Dog was her debut picture book as both author and illustrator, and was inspired by her own cocker spaniel. Her second book The Giggle Pigs is due to be released in 2019 by Alison Green Books. Leonie lives with her family in Gloucestershire in a creaky old house, which is said to be haunted. It really important now more than ever that children can gain the ability to lose themselves in a book. Reading inspires creativity, empathy and an understanding of ones self that is unrivalled. I think what Beanstalk provide is absolutely invaluable.