Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a factory fitter and a primary school teacher.
It was while Jonathan was at college, studying architecture, that he started developing his picture book skills, illustrating poems and lyrics that he’d written. While working as an architect, he began pursuing a career in children's books in his spare time, eventually going full-time in 1995.
As well as writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and The Princess and the Pig Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for The Pig’s Knickers.
He now lives in Nottingham with his wife, Rachel, and children, Max and Laura.