Michelle Cartlidge was born in Hampstead, London and trained in ceramics at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art.
After leaving the Royal College, Michelle decided to concentrate on drawing and started developing ideas for children's books. She won the Mother Goose Award for the most exciting newcomer to British Children's Books in 1979, for her first book PIPPIN AND POD. Since then she has had over fifty books published world wide, and her TEDDY TRUCKS books have been made into a popular animated cartoon series for Children's BBC.
Apart from the books that Michelle writes and illustrates herself, she has illustrated two collections of poetry for young children with Brian Patten. She has also designed a twenty-nine-piece bone china gift range for Wedgwood, and greetings cards, tins and wrapping paper.
Michelle lives in Cornwall, in the aptly named fishing village of Mousehole.