M Christina Butler was born in Scarborough. She had an idyllic childhood in the country where she spent her weekends playing on a farm among the animals. Christina has worked as a nurse, a pre-school nursery supervisor, and a governor at her local primary school, as well as writing a number of children's books. She now lives close to York. Tina was born in Edinburgh, and raised in southern England where she still lives today. After graduating from John Moores University with a BA Hons in illustration, Tina worked as a graphic designer before going freelance in 2001. Tina's first picture book was 'One Snowy Night', about a Little Hedgehog in a red bobble hat which spawned an international, best-selling series.