Hazel Mitchell is the author and illustrator of Toby from Candlewick Press. She is also the illustrator of Imani's Moon (Charlesbridge), One Word Pearl (Charlesbridge), Animally (Kane Miller), Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? (Down East) amongst others.

Before becoming a children's book creator Hazel served for several years in the British Royal Navy before working as a designer and commercial illustrator in England (her home country) and USA. She attended art college in Great Britain close to her birthplace of Scarborough, Yorkshire.  

Now she lives in Maine and works from her home studio. She still misses fish, chips and mushy peas, but is learning to love lobster. She has two poodles, Toby and Lucy, plus a cat called Sleep. 

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

Represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd., NYC.

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Recent awards/recognitions include:
Bronze Award Children's Books SILA
Bank Street's Best of Children's Books
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
Reading is Fundamental Choice Book
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
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
Kenya's Art (by Linda Trice) Charlesbridge Publishing 2016
I Love You, Animally (by Lynn Parrish Sutton) Kane Miller 2015
Where do Fairies go When it Snows? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2015
Imani's Moon (by JaNay Brown-Wood) Charlesbridge Publishing 2014
F is for Feelings (by Goldie Millar) Freespirit Publishing 2014
One Word Pearl (by Nicole Groeneweg) Charlesbridge Publishing 2013
1,2,3 by the Sea (by Dianne Moritz) Kane Miller Publishing 2013
Double Crossed at Cactus Flats (by Rich Williams) ABDO 2013
Hidden New Jersey (by Linda Barth) Charlesbridge Publishing 2012
All Star Cheerleader Books 1-4 (by Anastasia Suen) Kane Miller 2012
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid (by Daniel Stefanski) Free Spirit 2011

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

All images, text, photographs and ideas represented on this website are copyright of the artist Hazel Mitchell and may not be reproduced, copied or used in any way without written permission of the artist.