Hello! I’m Jen Storer.

Beloved Children’s Author

Creative Writing Coach to thousands

Aspiring Witch of Lake Enara

Chief Inspirationalist at


girlandduck is the most exciting, innovative and supportive destination for anyone wanting to create BEAUTIFUL books for children—aka kidlit.

What’s different about us?

Our approach is holistic. It’s big hearted. We care for YOU.

We work hard to ensure our members never feel alone because, let’s face it, writing, illustrating and creating can be hard work— psychologically and emotionally!

Whether you’re an author, an illustrator or both, girlandduck can help you develop your talents, focus your energy and create in ways that will surprise and delight you.

Don’t go it alone. Join us and together we’ll make your work SHINE!


Here’s what I bought!

Years ago when I had my much loved, rather topsy turvy blog, Baxter Street, I would occasionally write about what I’d bought while out and about. The segment was called Shopping With Mother and was inspired by my Ladybird reader of the same name. Meantime, in a recent g&d Live Call we were chatting about the Artist Date. This is …

How to write a picture book, a novel, a blog post or something else that’s cool.

A few years ago, my friend, muse and partner in crime, Mitch Vane, said, ‘Jen, you should write and illustrate your own picture book.’ Me? Illustrate? Scoff. Splutter. Blush. I have NO QUALIFICATIONS. I’m not a REAL illustrator. I failed art. (Mostly because I never turned up…) I haven’t done 5000 hours of life drawing. …