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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards and recognitions include: NYC READS 365 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 (see more HERE)
Exhibitions 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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