Jessica Spanyol achieved a distinction for her MA in Illustration at the Royal College of Art before going on to become a research fellow with both the Royal College of Art and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then she has worked with various artists, staging exhibitions and designing installations and set designs, and has won several awards and prizes for her work. Carlo Likes Reading is Jessica's first picture book for children, although she wrote the first draft with her mother when she was only six years old. She says, "Although I loved reading I found it difficult to read when in school. The books helped give me confidence." Jessica lives with her partner Richard and their baby son Milo in east London.