Ian Beck was born in 1947. His first picture book, Round and Round the Garden, was published in 1983. In 1997 his book Home Before Dark won a gold award in the best toy awards and in 2000 he won the award for a second time, for Alone in the Woods, and later again he won the award for The Happy Bee. He was elected Master of the Art Workers Guild in 1999. He has published over sixty picture books.