Baby Animal Tales
Amanda Wood, Surrey, UK
AMANDA WOOD was the founding Editor and Publisher of Templar for more than 30 years. In her time there, she published and nurtured numerous Greenaway winners, and edited and wrote groundbreaking series such as The Ologies, which have sold over 19 million-copies worldwide. Today she writes and runs her own small press from her home in Surrey.
Vikki Chu, New York, USA
Vikki Chu is an illustrator and designer. She was born in Massachussetts, raised in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. Her art graces fabric tents, pjamas, books, notecards, fabrics and more.
Bec Winnel, Brisbane, AUS
Bec Winnel is an accomplished Australian illustrator and artist. Winnel’s portraiture combines the illustrative precision of a graphic artist with the sophistication and emotiveness of a painter. The ethereal quality of the her work is the result of carefully accreted layers of mixed medium including pastel, pencil, watercolour, metallic and paper cuts.
Rachel Williams, London, UK
RACHEL WILLIAMS studied literature before becoming an editor and publisher of children's books. She is also the creator of best-selling natural history and adventure books, including The Atlas of Adventure series and Illuminature. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.
Freya Hartas, Bristol, UK
Freya is a UK based illustrator specialising in children’s books. She lives in the vibrant city of Bristol with her partner and their ancient black cat Katsu and works from her cosy, cluttered desk in a shared studio down the road . She graduated from Falmouth University with a first class honours in BA Illustration in 2014. Freya loves to conjure up humorous characters, animals and monsters, creating the most fantastical worlds for them to inhabit and get lost in. She has worked on picture books and a number of classic chapter book illustrations for older children.
Old Enough to Save the Planet
Loll Kirby, Royal Leamington Spa, UK
Bio: LOLL KIRBY is a primary school teacher and forest school leader, based in Bristol. Inspired by the children she teaches, she wrote this book for anyone who wants to make a difference
Adelina Lirius, Stockholm, Sweden
Adelina is an illustrator/artist, based in Stockholm, Sweden. She loves spending time in her studio sketching on different ideas and stories.
Perfectly Imperfect Stories
Ana Strumpf, based in New York and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bio: "Illustrator and product designer. Ana Strumpf is all that, but, looking closely at her, one understands she's just a single thing: a creator. She has already lent her vision, colorful and playful, to sign partnerships with brands such as Walt Disney , Nina Ricci, Keds, Seletti, DVF, Clinique, Tod's, Smashbox, La Mer, Samsung, Sanrio, Tok & Stok, Micasa, Ellus and White Wallpaper Her drawings have already illustrated the pages of Vogue (Brazil and Korea), Bambini , Milk, Elle Mexico, Bazaar Hong Kong and Chile, Marie Clare Russia, Glamor USA, among others.
Adventure Starts At Bedtime
Ness Knight, UK
Bio: NESS KNIGHT is an adventurer, broadcaster and writer based in the UK. She has completed challenges and expeditions all over the world: paddleboarding 1000 miles, cycling solo across America and traversing the Namib Desert solo. She was also the first woman in history to swim the Thames River from source to London. Her BBC adventure programmes are broadcast in over 20 countries. This is her first book for children.
Qu Lan, France
Bio: QU Lan was born and raised in China and has been living in France after graduation from the China Academy of Art. She works as freelance illustrator & designer and collaborates with numerous publishers and companies. Her artwork has been exposed regularly and received worldwide awards.