Ted Prior is an Australian children’s author and illustrator, best known for his work on the series of Grug books. Before turning to writing, Ted worked as a police officer. After leaving the Police Force, he studied at the National Art School in Sydney and in 1969 earned a Diploma in Painting. From 1971 to 1974, he taught at the National Art School in Newcastle, before moving to a farm on the NSW Central Coast in 1975. Ted’s art includes drawing, etching, sculpture and assemblage and he's been displayed in individual and group exhibitions. As well as writing, he has also worked as an animator.