There’s A Bear On My Chair creator Ross Collins has a video message for storytellers on sourcing wild ideas!

In this video Ross shares how animals have inspired his award-winning picture books, offers a sneak peak into his creative process, and the weird and whimsical characters which continue to charm readers around the world.

Ross masterfully weaves wild tales from the diverse quirks of animals, creating laugh-out-loud illustrations brimming with expression and humor. @earthendeavours love the passion and charisma of this talented storyteller and wish to thank Ross for making this video in support of our short story contest #writingfornature.

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About the Author: Ross Collins describes his younger self as looking like a currant bun and being very fond of drawing. He is still fond of drawing and is now an award-winning author and illustrator, but no longer bears any great resemblance to baked goods.

His picture book The Elephantom was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed play by those clever people at the National Theatre who made that War Horse thing. When he’s not creating children’s books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog Hugo, who is an idiot, and his partner Jacqui and son Ridley, who are not. Ross lives online at:

About the Bear Book: There’s a Mouse in My House, by Ross Collins (published by Nosy Crow, @nosycrow) is the long awaited sequel to the award-winning favourite, There’s a Bear on My Chair. This time the tables have turned, it’s Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and that cheeky mouse just won’t leave. He’s making a real commotion in Bear’s house—eating all the food, listening to loud music and even spilling bathwater all over the floor! But when there’s an unexpected knock at the door, Bear decides that perhaps mice are actually rather nice. Sneak a peak inside the book and explore the full collection.

Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.