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Meet the team

Author and experienced children’s yoga teacher Snezana Danilovic and illustrator Sandy Thornton team up to create the Happy Panda Children’s Yoga picture book series of heart-warming stories,  full of gentle humour and aimed at encouraging even very young children to get hooked on yoga. 


Snezana Danilovic is a children’s author and an experienced children’s yoga teacher. Her mission is to bring yoga to children through her passion for storytelling. She has spent the last 30 years writing and working in theatre and children’s TV, creating an array of characters for pre-school and early years. Snezana lives in Windsor with her husband, two children and a hamster. She loves hugging trees and her house is full of balloons and musical instruments!
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Sandy Thornton is a picture book maker with over 20 years' experience in early years of creative play, running her own children’s art & craft classes, whilst providing creative ideas and content for children's TV, including Cbeebies Mr Maker. From an early age, Sandy snipped, sketched, glued and stapled her own little books and magazines, influenced at the time by Herge’s Tintin and Jansson's Moomins. Sandy lives in North London, with her family, and their dog Winston.
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We are two friends who have always loved picture books.  We have made picture books together ever since we met many moons ago while working as nannies in Camden Town. Our journey has taken us through children’s TV, children’s theatre and art and craft clubs.

Read more about our "Yaks Can Do Yoga!" creative and artistic journey in this wonderful article from Words and Pictures online Magazine: Part 1 and Part 2

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