AN illustrated children's book about the Brontës will be released in two weeks.

The Brontës - Children of the Moors has been created by husband and wife team Mick Manning and Brita Granström.

Mick is an internationally renowned children's book creator who grew up in Haworth and attended school in Keighley.

He has a very personal link to the Brontës story – as a child he played a shepherd boy in a BBC adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

He and his wife now live in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Their new book introduces the three extraordinary sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne, as well as their brother Branwell.

Through a mix of strong story-telling and illustration, Mick and Brita relate the sisters' tragically short lives in the remote village of Haworth in the South Pennines.

They explore how the girls were inspired to become writers and the sensation their books caused when people realised they had been written by women.

Each of the sisters' greatest novels, Jane Eyre (Charlotte), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne) and Wuthering Heights (Emily), are simply retold in engaging comic-strip form.

Mick and his Swedish-born wife Brita have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for over twenty years.

The couple are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection – often involving participation from members of the audience – all mixed with an audio-visual presentation.

They appear regularly at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

They have also appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum.

Mick and Brita have worked to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in both the UK and Sweden. Most recently they visited the American Library Association Conference, in Texas, where they toured a Hispanic school and libraries in the area.

In recent years, they have won the English Association Award for the fifth time with Charlie's War Illustrated, and have been shortlisted for the 2013 and 2014 ALMA prize, the largest children's literature prize in the world.

Their first book together won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Since then they have won the Times Education Supplement Award, received five Royal Society Junior Science Book prizes and picked up The English Association Non-Fiction Award in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011 and most recently in 2014.

"The Brontës - Children of the Moors" will be available on Amazon in hardback from March 10, priced £12.99.