Claire Alexander

Claire Alexander is an author/illustrator based in North London. She received a BA in Painting and Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, and then she studied Illustration at Putney School of Art. She teaches courses in writing and illustrating picture books
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James Mayhew

James Mayhew is an Award-winning author & illustrator with a love for music and storytelling. His books have received honors by The New York Times, the Carnegie Greenaway awards, the Polari Prize, and others, but the best reward for James is seeing a child with one
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Britta Teckentrup

Britta Teckentrup is an award-winning illustrator, author, and fine artist. Since 1993 Britta has written and illustrated over 120 picture books which have been translated into over 30 different languages. After 17 years in the UK, Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish
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Sally Chen

Sally Chen (they/she/he) is a queer, non-binary, second-generation Chinese (specifically Taishanese!) American multidisciplinary artist who’s born, raised, and based in Brooklyn, NYC. Through their work, they seek to create joy, laughter, instill softness, and maintain resiliency in a world that often feels too tough to be
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Danica da Silva Pereira

Danica da Silva Pereira is an illustrator born and bred in the tropical state of Goa, India, and currently based in the historical town of Cambridge, UK. After completing her BA in Fine Arts, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Danica has recently graduated
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Brian “Smitty” Smith

Brian “Smitty” Smith is a former Marvel Comics and DC Comics editor. He is the cocreator and writer behind the New York Times bestselling graphic novel The Stuff of Legend, the author/illustrator of the Pea, Bee, and Jay series, the cartoonist of Tree Mail, and the winner of
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Leah Giles

Leah Giles grew up in Toronto, Canada, where she later studied film, animation, and illustration. Leah loves any and all things bright, bold, and radically lovely. She currently paints, draws, and collages in a noisy little apartment near the park in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more at
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Taryn Johnson

Taryn Johnson is an illustrator, animator, and designer. She loves bringing a playful appreciation of nature to her work with bright colors, patterns, and a little imagination. With each project, she hopes to spark curiosity and wonder for our planet and the life that lives
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Alanna Flowers

Alanna Flowers is an artist and designer whose gorgeous hand lettering brings words to life. When she’s not creating, she helps fellow creatives who are interested in learning about lettering, digital art, and freelance through her YouTube channel and Instagram. Alanna also likes to use her
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Shar Tuiasoa

Shar Tuiasoa is a Polynesian artist from the island of O’ahu, in the town of Kailua, Hawai’i, where she was born and raised. After studying fine art at her local community college, she headed to California where she earned her BFA in illustration from Laguna College
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David Horvath

David Horvath is an artist and toy designer. He cocreated the Uglydoll brand with his wife, Sun-Min Kim, and it is the most successful designer toy brand to date. David splits his time living and working in both Los Angeles and Seoul.

Katie Dorame

Katie Dorame is a Tongva artist of mixed ancestry–Indigenous and European American, born in Los Angeles, currently living and working in Oakland. Her work focuses on Indigenous representation, mythology, and Hollywood narratives. Dorame’s work has been exhibited at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, the National Willa
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Abigail Rajunov

Abigail Rajunov is an illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She loves to draw silly characters, whimsical scenes, and emotional moments. As someone who was raised Jewish, she is honored to help tell Estee’s story for her debut picture book! When she isn’t illustrating, Abigail loves to
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Nabi H. Ali

Nabi H. Ali is a Tamil-American illustrator who enjoys creating diverse works that showcase an array of cultures and peoples. His interest in illustrative works started when he realized he could help create representation in the arts and in media for minorities, and he is
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Barbara Bakos

Barbara Bakos has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She has worked as an art director and a character and background designer for a television series, but she always knew that she wanted to spend more time as an illustrator. She now
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Lance Balchin

Lance Balchin is a photographer who takes images of laboratory equipment and reconstructs it, layer by layer, into mechanical life forms. He lives in Australia.

Hannah Baldwin

Hannah Baldwin is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator living in sunny West Sussex with their partner and their mischievous cat Brian. They specialize in layout and design for print. Hannah loves helping people bring their ideas to life in interesting and creative ways. They
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Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture in France at the famous École Estienne and École Boule. He went on to work as an art director in Paris and Montreal. While in Montreal, Barroux began illustrating by creating linocut images, and he is now well
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Agnese Baruzzi

Agnese Baruzzi has been working as an illustrator and has been publishing children’s books since 2001 in several countries around the world. She collaborates with advertising agencies and leads workshops for kids in schools and libraries. She currently lives in Bologna, Italy.


Beach loves drawing animals. His grandfather had a pet lion called Leonard, but he had to let him go after he tried to eat the mailman.

Duncan Beedie

Duncan Beedie is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Bristol, England. He has worked in animation on a diverse series of projects for British television and web clients. When not hunched over a graphics tablet, he likes to go out and about with his dog, Ivor, and attempt
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Jennifer A. Bell

Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on greeting cards, magazines, and in over two dozen children’s books. She studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art & Design before becoming a children’s book illustrator. She lives in Minnesota with
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Valentina Belloni

Valentina Belloni is an illustrator from Cuneo, a small town near Turin, Italy. She studied juvenile illustration at the European Institute of Design in Turin. She is also the illustrator of Butterfly’s Surprise, a lift-the-flap book on our Spring 2016 list.

Georgie Birkett

Georgie Birkett is the author / illustrator of numerous books for children, including Teddy Picnic, A is for Apple, and 123 Count with Me. She lives in England.

Tracy Bishop

Tracy Bishop is a children’s illustrator living in San Jose, CA. She juggles working as an illustrator with being a wife and mom. In her past life, Tracy has been a bookseller, graphic designer, and a web developer. Mixing digital art with traditional watercolors and
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