Yes, I DID always dream of writing and illustrating books, in fact I first thought about making books when I was seven years old! At school I made little books, wrote stories and drew comics for my friends. It was a winding road to fulfill my ambition - after attending art college in England I served for several years in the British Royal Navy before working as a designer and commercial illustrator in England (my home country). When I came to live in the USA I began to illustrate and write for children professionally.

I was born in the coastal town of Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK. Now I live in Mid Coast Maine and work from home in my cozy attic studio. Maine’s amazing heritage of children’s book authors and illustrators including Ashley Bryan, E.B. White, Melissa Sweet and Dahlov Ipcar is so inspiring. There is inspiration everywhere! I love living close by the sea and swim (when it is warm enough - Maine can be very cold). I do miss British fish, chips and mushy peas, but I love Maine lobster! My two poodles keep me company in the studio, Toby (who has his own book) and Lucy, plus a lazy cat called Sleep. 

I’m the author and illustrator of ‘Toby’ from Candlewick Press and I’ve helped create over twenty children’s books including Borrowing Bunnies by Cynthia Lord (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Imani's Moon (Charlesbridge), Animally (Kane Miller) and Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? (Down East). You can read more about my books here.

If you'd like to talk about an illustration project, arrange a visit to your school or library, buy a signed book or just say 'hi', please send a message below or email me at

I’m represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd., NYC.

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Awards and recognitions include:
Anna Dewdney Read Together Finalist
Audiofile Best Book

Reading is Fundamental Choice Book
Bank Street's Best of Children's Books
Bronze Award Children's Books SILA
MASL Show ME Readers
MS Association Books For A Better Life Finalist
Forewords Review BOTYA Gold Medal  
Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Library Best Book List
Chicago Library Best Book List

Maine State Libraries 'Cream of the Crop'
The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Books
PAL member SCBWI

Publishers include:
Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, DownEast Books, Highlights, ABDO/Magic Wagon, Kane Miller,
Freespirit, Reading A-Z and SCBWI.

Latest Books
The Fall Fairy Gathering (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2019
I Love You, Oceanly (by Lynn Parrish Sutton) Kane Miller 2019
Borrowing Bunnies (by Cynthia Lord and John Bald) Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019
Farmers Market Surprise (written and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell) Kane Miller 2018
How Do Fairies Have Fun in the Sun? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2018
1,2,3 Fairies  (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2017

Do Fairies Bring The Spring? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2017
Toby by Hazel Mitchell Candlewick Press 2016
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Cats in Hats Exhibition, Dr Suess Museum, Springfield, MA
Boyd's Place Illustration Exhibit, Bangor ME
Bronze Medal, Illustration West, Society of Illustrator's Los Angeles
Brick House Museum,Kennebunk, ME
Coduit Arts Centre, MA 'Process of the Picture Book'
Rivertree Arts, Kennebunk ME
Freeport Library, ME
Warwick Museum Art, RI
Pittsfield Library, ME
Freeport Library, ME
Bangor Children's Museum, ME

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