I was seven years old when I first thought about making books. At school I wrote stories and drew comics for my friends. When I left school I attended art college in England, where I was born. After that I served for several years in the British Royal Navy and then continued working as a designer and commercial illustrator. It was only when I came to live in the USA that I began to illustrate and write books for children.

Growing up I spent my childhood in the coastal town of Scarborough, Yorkshire in the UK. Now I live in midcoast Maine and work from home in my attic studio. Maine has an amazing heritage of children’s book authors and illustrators including Ashley Bryan, E.B. White, Melissa Sweet and Dahlov Ipcar - there is inspiration everywhere. I live close to the sea and swim when it’s warm enough, but Maine can be very cold. I do miss British fish and 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 black cat called Sleep. 

I’m the author and illustrator of Toby from Candlewick Press and I’ve helped create more than 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 find out more about my books - click 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 hazelgmitchell@outlook.com. thanks for visiting my website.

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, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 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 2020
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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