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Meghan Markle’s The Bench: Christian Robinson’s watercolour illustrations are lovely. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

Meghan Markle’s The Bench: Christian Robinson’s watercolour illustrations are lovely. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

My first job was at a children’s publishing company that specialised in picture books. Famous ones. About going on bear hunts, and wondering where Wally was, and a little bear who couldn’t sleep. When one author came in to see my editor, and wanted to try out a picture-book idea, I was roped in from the adjoining desk to type the text as he read out lines for the story he had written on the journey to London. It was the draft of Owl Babies, about Sarah and Percy and Bill, a book that became a modern classic.

I learned a lot during that time, working with authors and illustrators. Most of the books I worked on had probably fewer than 150 words. The magic of a classic picture book is the spark that ignites between its deceptively simple text and the accompanying illustrations. These are books you could not imagine having different words or drawings – they are pages children never tire of.

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