When Mark Lemon's children came along, both he and his wife noticed a lack of children’s books featuring non-white protagonists. Mark wanted to find books that his mixed-race kids could look at and relate to and imagine themselves being a part of. So, in an effort to diversify children’s literature, he created his own. Mark is dedicated to making reading enjoyable for young children and has worked closely with a number of schools in his local, Bristol, area. He has collaborated with educational professionals to create schemes of work, in line with the national curriculum for every book in the series.
Mark has held readings and events across Bristol and London (including Waterstones) and been featured in a number of publications both online and in print. Lemon Drop Books debut children’s book, Otis Lemon & The Spectacular Submarine, was awarded the Platinum Junior Design Award 2016 in the Children’s book of the year (with words) (within last 12 months) category. The awards, organised by Junior Magazine, recognise the finest modern toys and books. The Platinum Award is the highest accolade possible and is reserved for those products that go above and beyond the high judging standards and showcase immaculate design.