Niki Daly was born in Cape Town, where he studied Art and Design.
He first came to England in 1970 under contract to CBS to write and record songs, after which he worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and design teacher. In 1978 his first picture book, THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVED DOWN THE ROAD, won him a British Arts Council Illustration Award.
Since then, Niki Daly has written and illustrated many award winning picture books, including WHY THE SUN AND THE MOON LIVE IN THE SKY, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. The first book in his delightful JAMELA series, JAMELA'S DRESS was an ALA Notable Children's Book and gained a number of awards internationally.
His first chapter book, with black and white line illustrations, BETTINA VALENTINO AND THE PICASSO CLUB, was published by Farrar Straus.
Daly's work ranges from cartoon to realism, young picture books to early readers, and is noted for its fun and subtle observation. He returned to South Africa in 1980 and now lives in Kleinmond, South Africa with his wife, the illustrator Jude Daly. He won the Molteno Gold Medal Award for his contribution to English literature in South Africa.
HERD BOY, the latest picturebook by Niki Daly is published by Frances Lincoln and tells the story of Malusi, who dreams of being more than a herd boy some day.
SEB AND HAMISH, written by Jude Daly and illustrated by Niki Daly will be published in March 2014.