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Laura Henry-Allain MBE is an award-winning international producer, storyteller, educationalist and consultant. She is the creator of the well-loved JoJo and Gran Gran series, developed and produced by CBeebies and is the series’ associate producer. She is also executive producer on a few shows that are currently in development, including Daddio & Co.

Her bestselling children's book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race and racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves

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As well as training and consultancy work: 

    • I’ve been a nursery manager, Ofsted inspector, teacher and curriculum manager.
    • I’m a regular contributor to Nursery World, other trade publications and the national press.
    • I have written several books of my own. These include the JoJo and Gran Gran book series, which now airs on the BBC’s CBeebies channel.
    • I have been a regular member of the judging panel for the Nursery World, GESS and TES.
    • I have shared my expert knowledge with government departments, including the Department for Education, advising them on policy and strategy decisions.
    • I have served on a number of national and international forums and working parties.
    • I mentor a number of young people, which I find thoroughly rewarding.
    • I am vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education
    • I am an educational consultant for the BBC
    • I am an ambassador for the Jermain Defoe Foundation

 

I am also the mother of two grown-up sons, one of whom is autistic.

Highlight of my career: being invited to meet his
Holiness the Dalai Lama

Laura & Dalai Lama

I’d love to talk more with you, please feel free to contact me

My News

BAFTA award for Taiya Samuel, JoJo and Gran Gran

December 1, 2022
I am delighted to share that Taiya Samuel, who voices JoJo and Gran Gran, was named Young Performer of the …

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Michelle Obama – The Light We Carry

November 14, 2022
I’m delighted to be part of a forthcoming series hosted by Black Ballad to celebrate the release of Michelle Obama’s …

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No imagination without representation

November 3, 2022
Looking forward to this FREE panel event: No imagination without representation, in children’s books. With my esteemed colleagues, Dapo Adeola …

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Bon Jounen Kwéyòl

October 30, 2022
Bon Junen Kwéyòl, to everyone celebrating! In brief, Jounen Kwéyòl is a month-long celebration in St Lucia and Dominica (with …

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