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Emma Virke & Joanna Hellgren

Emma Virke & Joanna Hellgren

Sweden

Emma Virke made her debut as a picturebook illustrator in 2010. She’s since written and illustrated many books and has been nominated for the August Prize three times. Joanna Hellgren has a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Konstfack University. Her work moves between illustration, comics and graphic design.

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Fanette Mellier

Fanette Mellier

France

Fanette Mellier is a French graphic designer and artist. She studied Graphic Design at the École supérieure des arts decoratifs in Strasbourg, graduating in 2000. Her main activities revolve around typography, layout and the printed object, and she works on both commissioned and self-initiated projects.

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Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

Canada

Sydney Smith is a picturebook maker from Nova Scotia. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he’s worked on many books, including Town Is by the Sea, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, and Footpath Flowers, which was a New York Times Children’s Book of the Year and winner of the Governor General Award for Illustration.

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Torben Kuhlmann

Torben Kuhlmann

Germany

Torben Kuhlmann was recognised as a gifted draftsman early in his childhood. He later studied illustration and design at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences, finishing his studies by creating the children’s book Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, the first book in his hugely successful mouse adventures series.

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Johanna Schaible

Johanna Schaible

Switzerland

Johanna Schaible is an artist whose work moves along the borders of illustration, art, and design. She has a degree in Illustration and Visual Communication from the Lucerne School of Art and Design, and she was one of the first members of Bolo Klub, a collective supporting an emerging generation of picturebook makers in Switzerland.

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Harriet van Reek

Harriet van Reek

Netherlands

Harriet van Reek made her book debut in 1986 with ‘De Avonturen van Lena Lena’. Since then, she’s worked on a wide variety of art projects, often in collaboration with Geerten Ten Bosch. Harriet has received many awards for her work over the years, including the Gouden Griffel, the Gouden Penseel and Zilveren Penseel awards.

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Marika Maijala

Marika Maijala

Finland

Marika Maijala lives and works in Helsinki as an illustrator and children’s book writer. Her debut as a children’s author, ‘Rosie’s Journey’ was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize, and selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. In 2020, Marika was nominated for the ALMA.

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Ingrid Godon

Ingrid Godon

Belgium

Ingrid Godon is a Flemish artist and book illustrator. Since the 1980s, she’s illustrated many books for adults and children, some of which have been translated into dozens of languages. Ingrid has won a large number of awards over the years, and has been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

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Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler

Germany / United Kingdom

Axel Scheffler has illustrated some of the world’s most well-loved children’s books. ‘The Gruffalo’ is considered one of the most successful picturebooks of all time, having been translated into 86 languages/dialects and sold over 14 million copies. Axel was born in Hamburg, and has lived and worked in London since the 1980s.

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ATAK

ATAK

Germany

ATAK (Georg Barber) is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Berlin. He’s had many solo exhibitions and worked on a variety of books, comics and illustrations for publications such as TIME and The New York Times. ATAK is also Professor of Illustration at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle.

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Anete Melece

Anete Melece

Latvia

Anete Melece studied Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia and Animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her animated short ‘The Kiosk’ has been shown in film festivals around the world and received many awards. Anete lives and works in Zürich as an animator and illustrator of comics and children’s books.

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Sara Lundberg

Sara Lundberg

Sweden

Sara Lundberg worked as a painter before focusing on picturebooks. She’s now illustrated over thirty books with Swedish authors, and has written several of her own. Her 2017 picturebook ‘The Bird Within Me Flies Wherever it Wants’ received the prestigious August Prize and Snöbollen for the best Swedish children’s book of the year.

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Daniel Fehr

Daniel Fehr

Switzerland

Daniel Fehr is a picturebook author and board game designer. He studied photography at Zurich University of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and then he studied German literature and media at Princeton University. Daniel currently lives and works in Winterthur, Switzerland, the town where he grew up.

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Gerda Dendooven

Gerda Dendooven

Belgium

Gerda Dendooven is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. As well as writing and illustrating books for children, she also writes plays, novels and newspaper columns, does various live performances, and teaches graphic design and illustration at the Saint-Luc Institute in Ghent.

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Sonja Danowski

Sonja Danowski

Germany

Sonja Danowski studied design in Nuremberg and has since been working as an illustrator and picturebook artist in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally and has won her many awards, including the Golden Island Award from Nami Concours and a Batchelder Honour from the American Library Association.

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Peter Elliott & Kitty Crowther

Peter Elliott & Kitty Crowther

Belgium

Peter Elliott is an illustrator, author and musician. He’s worked on over twenty books with Pastel–l’école des loisirs and has released several albums with his band, Busty Duck. Kitty Crowther is one of the most celebrated picturebook artists working today. In 2010, she received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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It’s Raining Elephants

It’s Raining Elephants

Switzerland

Nina Wehrle and Evelyne Laube founded their illustration studio ‘It’s Raining Elephants’ in 2008. They create books, illustrations for diverse applications and their own ceramics line called HOI. Nina and Evelyne have won numerous awards including the Fundación SM International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Erik Svetoft

Erik Svetoft

Sweden

Erik Svetoft is an illustrator, animator and comic book artist living in Stockholm. He’s worked on a variety of commissions including comics for VICE and an animation with Jeff Östberg for the BBC. Erik’s latest book ‘Mondo’ was awarded a ‘Svensk Bokkonst Diploma’ for being one of the 25 best designed books in Sweden in 2017.

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Melissa Castrillón

Melissa Castrillón

United Kingdom

Melissa Castrillón studied at Cambridge School of Art, where she achieved a First Class honours degree in Illustration and a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration. Since graduating, she’s worked on a wide range of projects, such as interior design, posters, packaging, book covers, editorial and picturebooks. Melissa lives in Cambridge.

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Francesca Sanna

Francesca Sanna

Italy

Francesca Sanna grew up in Sardinia. She first moved to Germany and then to Switzerland where she achieved a Masters of Art in Illustration at the Academy of Art and Design in Lucerne. In 2017, she was awarded the second Klaus Flugge Prize for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration.

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Carll Cneut

Carll Cneut

Belgium

Carll Cneut studied Graphic Design at the Sint-Lucas Institute in Ghent. His first illustrated book was published in 1996, and he has since been published in almost forty countries and received many awards. Carll also exhibits his paintings around the world and he teaches illustration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.

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Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesiv

Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesiv

Ukraine

Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv were both born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1984. After graduating from the Lviv National Academy of the Arts they set up Studio Agrafka, where they collaborate on books and various other projects. They’ve received many accolades for their work, including two Special Mentions in the BolognaRagazzi Awards.

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Anna Höglund

Anna Höglund

Sweden

Anna Höglund is one of Sweden’s leading illustrators. She made her debut in 1982 and has since published over twenty books, often with renowned authors such as Ulf Stark and Barbro Lindgren. Anna has received many accolades for her work, such as Sweden’s August Prize and a Special Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Awards.

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Won Hee Jo

Won Hee Jo

Korea

Won Hee Jo studied Multimedia Design at Hongik University, and illustration at HILLS (Hankuk Illustration School). Since graduating, she’s made a selection of picturebooks, most of which deal with emotional themes. Won Hee’s work has won her a CJ Picture Book Award and a Special Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Awards.

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Mari Kanstad Johnsen

Mari Kanstad Johnsen

Norway

Mari Kanstad Johnsen was born in Bergen, a seaport in south-west Norway. She studied Visual Communication at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, then took a Master’s degree in Storytelling at Konstfack in Stockholm. Mari has written and illustrated many picturebooks, one of which received a Special Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Awards.

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Marc Martin

Marc Martin

Australia

Marc Martin is an artist, illustrator and picturebook maker based in Melbourne. Having trained and worked as a graphic designer, his moonlighting as an illustrator eventually led him to a successful freelance career. Marc draws inspiration from his surroundings, nature, animals, and the city he lives in.

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Maja Kastelic

Maja Kastelic

Slovenia

Maja Kastelic was born in Slovenia, where she studied painting, philosophy and the theory of visual arts. She worked for several years as a retouching artist restoring frescos, before starting her career in children’s publishing. Maja has received a White Ravens Award and has been selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.

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Tor Freeman

Tor Freeman

United Kingdom

Tor Freeman was born in London, and spent lots of time as a child in California and South Africa. She graduated from Kingston University in 1999 with a degree in Illustration, and has since written and illustrated a selection of picturebooks which are published in several countries. In 2012, Tor received the prestigious Maurice Sendak Fellowship.

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Victoria Turnbull

Victoria Turnbull

United Kingdom

Victoria Turnbull graduated with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Her debut picturebook, ‘The Sea Tiger’ (originally a college project), was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and nominated for the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Victoria lives and works in London.

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Chloé Perarnau

Chloé Perarnau

France

Chloé Perarnau grew up in the countryside of Lorraine in France, and studied Illustration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Since graduating, she’s worked on children’s books, editorial pieces, art workshops and various other projects. In 2013, Chloé created the fanzine, Cuistax, with some other authors and illustrators in Brussels.

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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen

Canada

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls and now lives in Los Angeles. After working as an illustrator on animated feature films, music videos and editorial pieces, he debuted as a picturebook artist with ‘I Want My Hat Back’. Jon has since received many prestigious awards for his work, including the Caldecott and Kate Greenaway Medals.

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Kirsten Sims

Kirsten Sims

South Africa

Kirsten Sims is a visual artist, designer and illustrator who studied Applied Design and Illustration at the Stellenbosch Academy in South Africa. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries, and her debut picturebook was published in 2016 by Orfeu Negro in Portugal. Kirsten lives and works in Cape Town.

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Olivier Tallec

Olivier Tallec

France

Olivier Tallec graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in Paris and worked in advertising as a graphic designer before devoting himself to illustration. He's created many illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated more than eighty books for children. Olivier lives in Paris.

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Nicholas John Frith

Nicholas John Frith

United Kingdom

Nicholas John Frith is an illustrator, writer, printmaker and designer who grew up in the Chiltern Hills in the South of England. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and was awarded the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration.

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Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

United Kingdom

Oliver Jeffers is an artist and storyteller whose work takes many forms and whose bestselling picturebooks are loved all around the world. Sam Winston is a fine artist who exhibits widely and whose artists' books are held in the permanent collections of Tate Britain, the British Library, MoMA, Stanford University and many other places.

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Chiara Carrer

Chiara Carrer

Italy

Chiara Carrer graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Since 1990, she's worked on over a hundred books and has received many accolades, such as a Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Golden Apple, plus Special Mentions in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards and ILUSTRARTE: the Biennial of Children’s Book Illustration.

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Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart

United Kingdom

Joel Stewart is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has illustrated books by contemporary authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen, as well as classic texts by authors such as Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll. Joel is the creator/director of the hit children's animation series, The Adventures of Abney & Teal.

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Ethan & Vita Murrow

Ethan & Vita Murrow

United States

Ethan and Vita Murrow work collaboratively on a variety of artistic projects including writing, video, film, drawing and photography. In addition, Ethan exhibits his drawings, paintings and sculptures internationally, and Vita is the director of a literacy project in Massachusetts. They live in Boston with their two children.

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Katsumi Komagata

Katsumi Komagata

Japan

Katsumi Komagata was born in 1953 in Shizuoka, and studied Graphic Design at Nippon Design Centre. He founded One Stroke in 1986, which began as a graphic design studio and later expanded into children's book publishing after the birth of his daughter. Katsumi is now world-renowned for his exquisitely crafted books.

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Johanna Benz

Johanna Benz

Germany

Johanna Benz studied book-art and illustration at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. She illustrates for several magazines and publishers, and does live drawings and performances at events and festivals. Johanna's awards include a Hans-Meid Förderpreis, an Ilustrarte Grand Prix and a Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima.

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Germano Zullo & Albertine

Germano Zullo & Albertine

Switzerland

Germano Zullo studied economics and management before becoming a prolific author. Albertine's illustration career began after graduating from art school in Geneva. The couple marrried in 1996 and have since collaborated on many books and won awards such as a Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Golden Apple and a Bologna Ragazzi Award.

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Hanane Kai

Hanane Kai

Lebanon

Hanane Kai is a Lebanese illustrator and graphic designer who studied at Notre Dame University—Louaize near Beirut. She was shortlisted for the Etisalat Arabic Children’s Book Award and the Mahmoud Kahil Award, before winning the 2016 Bologna Ragazzi Award in the ‘New Horizons’ category.

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Mikel Casal

Mikel Casal

Spain

Mikel Casal is an artist and illustrator from the Basque Country in Northern Spain. He's produced work for a wide range of publishing and editorial clients around the world, including The Guardian (UK), Tatler (Hong Kong), Courrier International (France), El Comercio (Peru), The Boston Globe (USA) and Media Vaca (Spain).

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Mārtiņš Zutis

Mārtiņš Zutis

Latvia

Mārtiņš Zutis is an illustrator, animator, graphic designer and writer, currently studying for a Masters in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. He’s a long-time contributor to kuš!, a comic art anthology which features artists from Latvia and beyond. Mārtiņš lives in Riga, the city where he was born and grew up.

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Sooyoung Kim

Sooyoung Kim

Korea

Sooyoung Kim specialised in industrial design at college and then worked as a designer for an IT company. When she realised what she really wanted to do, she left her job and studied illustration and picturebook making under Sunkyung Cho at the Some Institute in Korea. Sooyoung is now a successful artist and illustrator.

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Cristina Sitja Rubio

Cristina Sitja Rubio

Venezuela

Cristina Sitja Rubio was born in Caracas and studied Fine Art in Montreal, specialising in printmaking. She later completed an MFA in colour photography, using homemade pinhole cameras. In 2007, she decided to become an illustrator, and has since created a number of successful picturebooks. Cristina lives in Berlin and Barcelona.

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Jesús Cisneros

Jesús Cisneros

Spain

Jesús Cisneros studied illustration at the School of Art in Zaragoza, and has since illustrated a wide range of books for publishers such as Libros del Zorro Rojo, OQO Editora and Fondo de Cultura Económica. Jesús won the Lazarillo Illustration Prize and his artwork was selected for the prestigious Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.

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André da Loba

André da Loba

Portugal

André da Loba is a Portuguese illustrator, animator, graphic designer and sculptor, whose work has achieved international acclaim and won him numerous awards. He's worked with a wide range of clients such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Bruaá, Companhia das Letras and Orfeu Negro. André lives in Brooklyn.

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Javier Sáez Castán

Javier Sáez Castán

Spain

Javier Sáez Castán is a Spanish writer and illustrator who studied Fine Art at The Technical University of Valencia. He began his illustration career in advertising, before moving into children's publishing. Javier has created many books with publishers such as Ediciones Ékare, Ediciones SM and Fondo de Cultura Económica.

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Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

United States

Emily Hughes is an author and illustrator who grew up in Hawaii, and now lives and works in the United Kingdom. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and her picturebooks have received international recognition. In 2015, Emily was chosen to represent the UK in the prestigious Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB).

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Jimmy Liao | Part 2

Jimmy Liao | Part 2

Taiwan

Jimmy Liao studied art at Chinese Culture University, and then he worked at an advertising agency and as an editorial illustrator for many years. After surviving a battle with leukaemia in the 90s, Jimmy totally devoted himself to his art, and has since created about forty picturebooks which have sold millions of copies around the world.

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Jimmy Liao | Part 1

Jimmy Liao | Part 1

Taiwan

Jimmy Liao studied art at Chinese Culture University, and then he worked at an advertising agency and as an editorial illustrator for many years. After surviving a battle with leukaemia in the 90s, Jimmy totally devoted himself to his art, and has since created about forty picturebooks which have sold millions of copies around the world.

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Peter Goes

Peter Goes

Belgium

Peter Goes studied animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, the city where he was born and raised. After graduating, he worked at a theatre for many years as a stage manager, lighting technician and technical director, before changing direction to become a graphic designer, animator and illustrator.

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Margaux Othats

Margaux Othats

France

Margaux Othats studied Illustration at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Since graduating, she's created illustrations for numerous publications including Nyctalope, Kiblind and The New York Times. Margaux's debut picturebook, ‘La Chasse’ was nominated for The Picture Book Prize at the Montreuil Children's Book Fair.

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Julie Morstad

Julie Morstad

Canada

Julie Morstad is an illustrator, artist, animator and designer, whose clients include Chronicle Books, Drawn & Quarterly, HarperCollins, Random House and Warner Bros. Records. Julie won the Alcuin Book Design Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and she was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

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Akin Duzakin

Akin Duzakin

Norway / Turkey

Akin Duzakin is an illustrator and children’s book author who studied Industrial Design in Turkey and Illustration at the Royal College of Art in Oslo. He’s illustrated a wide range of children’s books and has received numerous accolades, including the Brage Prize, the Unni Sands Bildebokpris Award, and the Bokkunstprisen Award.

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Kristin Lidström

Kristin Lidström

Sweden

Kristin Lidström is an illustrator and book designer with a Master of Fine Arts from HDK, School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University. Since graduating, she's established herself as one of the most innovative illustrators and designers in Sweden, and she's received numerous accolades for her work.

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Laurent Moreau

Laurent Moreau

France

Laurent Moreau studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, and now shares a studio in the city with a group of illustrators. As well as working as an editorial illustrator and graphic designer, Laurent has created many successful children’s books with publishers such as Actes Sud, Rouergue and Hélium.

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Klara Persson

Klara Persson

Sweden

Klara Persson is a graphic designer, illustrator and author who studied Design at HDK School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and Children's Literature at Linnaeus University. Her picturebooks with Urax förlag have won numerous awards, and two of them were nominated for the prestigious August Prize in Sweden.

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Marion Fayolle

Marion Fayolle

France

Marion Fayolle graduated with a degree in illustration from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She's illustrated numerous books and has produced illustrations for magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times. In 2009, Marion co-founded the acclaimed French illustration magazine, Nyctalope.

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Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi

Iran

Narges Mohammadi studied Graphic Design at Shahed Art University in Tehran, and has since illustrated over twenty books. She's received international recognition for her work and has won many awards, such as the CJ Picture Book Award in Korea. Narges has featured in the prestigious Bologna Illustrators Exhibition several times.

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Alice Barberini

Alice Barberini

Italy

Alice Barberini studied art in Ravenna and art restoration in Florence. After working in an art restoration laboratory for a number of years, she set her sights on becoming a children's book illustrator. Alice is part of an illustration collective called Collettivo Nie Wiem and has exhibited her work all around Italy.

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Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

United States

Mac Barnett is the author of numerous award-winning books, and is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travellers. Jon Klassen's picturebooks, ‘I Want My Hat Back’ and ‘This Is Not My Hat’ have sold over a million copies worldwide. Mac and Jon have collaborated on two picturebooks.

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JiHyeon Lee

JiHyeon Lee

Korea

JiHyeon Lee was born in Seoul, where she lives today. She studied Media Art at Kaywon School of Art and Design, and illustration at HILLS (Hankuk Illustration School). JiHyeon’s debut picturebook, ‘Pool’, which she created for a project at HILLS, has been highly praised and translated into several languages.

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Serge Bloch

Serge Bloch

France

Serge Bloch has illustrated more than three hundred books, and his illustrations regularly appear in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time Magazine. He's received many accolades for his work, including a Bologna Ragazzi Award and a Baobab Prize for the most innovative book for children.

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Ana Pez

Ana Pez

Spain

Ana Pez studied History and Illustration at university in Madrid. Since graduating, she's worked on a wide range of projects including album covers, websites, posters, theatre design, and books. In 2015, Ana received a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards and she was selected for the prestigious Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.

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Benji Davies

Benji Davies

United Kingdom

Benji Davies is an animation director, illustrator and picturebook maker. He studied animation at college, and has since worked on a wide range of projects – from children’s books, animated short films and apps, to music videos, commercials and title sequences. Benji’s books have been co-editioned in many countries around the world.

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Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault

Canada

Isabelle Arsenault is a Canadian illustrator who has achieved international recognition for her work. She's won the prestigious Governor General's Award for Children's Literature three times, and two of her picturebooks were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Isabelle lives and works in Montreal.

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Suzy Lee

Suzy Lee

Korea

Suzy Lee graduated from Seoul National University with a BFA in Painting, before heading to London to pursue a Masters in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts. Since then, she's created a selection of award-winning picturebooks which have been published all around the world. Suzy lives and works in Korea.

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Manuel Marsol

Manuel Marsol

Spain

Manuel Marsol, who grew up in Madrid, has degrees in Advertising and Audiovisual Communication, and a postgraduate diploma in Children's Book Illustration. He's featured in the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition twice, and he won the V Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración and the Edelvives International Picture Book Award.

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Madalena Moniz

Madalena Moniz

Portugal

Madalena Moniz studied Illustration at the School of Creative Arts (University of the West of England) in Bristol, and now works in Lisbon as a communications designer and illustrator. Madalena received a National Illustration Award in 2010, and an Opera Prima Special Mention at the 2015 Bologna Ragazzi Awards.

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Mini Grey

Mini Grey

United Kingdom

Mini Grey was born in a Mini in Newport, Wales. After working as a theatre designer and a primary school teacher, she took a Masters in Sequential Illustration at Brighton University. She’s since created many successful picturebooks including ‘The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon’, which won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Andrés Sandoval

Andrés Sandoval

Brazil

Andrés Sandoval is a graphic artist who studied Architecture at São Paulo University. Since graduating, he's created books with publishers such as Companhia das Letras, Cosac Naify and Planeta Tangerina. He's also produced artwork for numerous companies and brands including Coca-Cola, L’Occitane and The New Yorker.

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Pablo Auladell

Pablo Auladell

Spain

Pablo Auladell is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist who has created books with publishers such as Actes Sud and Libros del Zorro Rojo. He represented Spain at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, and he won the Second National Prize for Illustration. Pablo teaches at the Ars In Fabula Scuola di Illustrazione (Macerata, Italy).

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Beatrice Alemagna

Beatrice Alemagna

Italy

Beatrice Alemagna, who grew up in Bologna and now lives in Paris, has created about thirty books which have been published all around the world. Her long list of accolades include the Premio Andersen Award, a Bologna Ragazzi Mention, five White Ravens Awards and three Baobab Prizes for the most innovative books for children.

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Eva Lindström

Eva Lindström

Sweden

Eva Lindström studied at Västerås Art School and Konstfack in Stockholm, and has since created a long list of highly acclaimed picturebooks. For her contribution to children’s literature, Eva was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize.

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Viviane Schwarz

Viviane Schwarz

Germany / United Kingdom

Viviane Schwarz is an author, artist and maker of interactive books, games and comics. Her books have been published all around the world and have been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and have won her a Booktrust Best New Illustrator's Award. Viviane lives in London.

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JooHee Yoon

JooHee Yoon

United States

JooHee Yoon is an illustrator and printmaker. She regularly contributes to publications such as the New York Times, Le Monde and the Washington Post, in addition to working on her own book projects. JooHee's original pieces have been exhibited in gallery shows throughout the world, including the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

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Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers

United Kingdom

Oliver Jeffers is an artist and illustrator who is widely known for his picturebooks for children. He debuted with ‘How to Catch a Star’ in 2004 to critical acclaim. This was followed by ‘Lost and Found’, which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Lizi Boyd

Lizi Boyd

United States

Lizi Boyd is an American artist and illustrator who creates children's books, paintings, sculptures, rugs and various other things. In 2015, ‘Flashlight’ – Lizi's second picturebook with Chronicle books – won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award in the Fiction category. Lizi lives in Vermont with her family.

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Joanna Concejo

Joanna Concejo

Poland

Joanna Concejo was born in Poland and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Her books have been published in numerous countries including France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Korea. Joanna was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, and ILUSTRARTE in Portugal.

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Øyvind Torseter

Øyvind Torseter

Norway

Øyvind Torseter is a Norwegian artist and illustrator who has created eight books on his own and several with other authors. He's received numerous awards for his books, including a Bologna Ragazzi Award and the Norwegian Book Art Prize. In 2014, Øyvind was a finalist for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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Marjorie Pourchet

Marjorie Pourchet

France

Marjorie Pourchet studied illustration with Claude Lapointe at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. After graduating, she wrote and illustrated ‘La tête dans le sac’, which was selected for the 23rd Mostra d'Illustration in Sarmede. Since then, she's illustrated books for publishers such as Sarbacane, Rouergue, Actes Sud and OQO.

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Catarina Sobral

Catarina Sobral

Portugal

Catarina Sobral is a Portuguese illustrator, animator and graphic designer. She's the creator of three award-winning picturebooks which are published by Orfeu Negro and translated into many languages. In 2014, Catarina won the 5th International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis

United States

Carson Ellis is an award-winning illustrator of several children's books, including the New York Times Bestsellers, ‘Wildwood’, written by Colin Meloy, and ‘The Composer is Dead’, written by Lemony Snicket. Carson is also well known for her artwork for bands and musicians which include The Decemberists, Laura Veirs and Weezer.

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Klaas Verplancke

Klaas Verplancke

Belgium

Klaas Verplancke graduated from the Sint-Lucas Institute in Ghent, and after several years working in advertising, he became a full-time illustrator and author. Klaas has won the Bologna Ragazzi Award, he was a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and he's been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nine times.

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Stian Hole

Stian Hole

Norway

Stian Hole is a Norwegian graphic designer, illustrator and author. He’s created numerous book covers and five picturebooks which have received national and international recognition. For ‘Garmann’s Summer’, Stian won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, the German Children's Literature Award and a Bologna Ragazzi Award.

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Marta Altés

Marta Altés

Spain

Marta Altés worked as a graphic designer in Barcelona before moving to the UK to complete a Masters in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Since graduating, Marta has written and illustrated a number of successful picturebooks for UK publishers, and she was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Bernardo P. Carvalho

Bernardo P. Carvalho

Portugal

Bernardo P. Carvalho is a graduate of the Lisbon Faculty of Fine Arts and a co-founder of Planeta Tangerina. He was a winner of the second CJ Picture Book Awards in Korea, the National Illustration Award, and he received honourable mentions for the ‘Best Book Design from all over the World’ award at the Leipzig Book Fair.

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Isol

Isol

Argentina

Isol (Marisol Misenta) is an Argentine pop singer, illustrator and picturebook maker. Since her first book was published in 1997, she's produced an impressive body of work and has won many awards. For her contribution to children's and young adult literature, Isol received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2013.

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Valerio Vidali

Valerio Vidali

Italy

Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator who lives in Berlin. He was a winner of ILUSTRARTE: the Biennial of Children's Book Illustration in Portugal, and the CJ Picture Book Awards in Korea. Valerio has been selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition four times and his work has been published in more than a dozen countries.

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Marianne Dubuc

Marianne Dubuc

Canada

Marianne Dubuc received her degree in graphic design from the University of Quebec, Montreal. She's created many different kinds of books for readers of all ages, and her work has been published in fifteen countries. In 2014, The Canada Council for the Arts awarded Marianne a Governor General's Literary Award.

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Vitali Konstantinov

Vitali Konstantinov

Ukraine

Vitali Konstantinov was born in Ukraine and lives in Germany. After studying architecture, graphic arts, painting and art history, he became an illustrator, and has now illustrated books with publishers all over the world. Vitali was nominated for the German Children's Literature Award and The White Ravens Award.

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Benjamin Chaud

Benjamin Chaud

France

Benjamin Chaud was born in Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes and he studied drawing and applied arts at the Arts Appliqués in Paris and the Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. He's worked with numerous publishers including Albin Michel and Actes Sud, and his award-winning books have been translated into over twenty languages.

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Violeta Lópiz

Violeta Lópiz

Spain

Violeta Lópiz was born in Ibiza and later moved to Madrid, where she studied illustration at the Escuela de Arte 10. Since 2006, she's illustrated books with Éditions du Rouergue, Kalandraka, Edelvives, Almadraba, Macmillan, Anaya and Topipittori. Violeta was a winner of the third CJ Picture Book Awards in Korea.

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Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan

Australia

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth. As well as writing and illustrating world-renowned books, he's worked as a concept artist for animated films such as Pixar's WALL-E, and he directed the Academy Award-winning short film, ‘The Lost Thing’, with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011, Shaun won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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Tara Books: Jonathan Yamakami

Tara Books: Jonathan Yamakami

India

Jonathan Yamakami is a graphic designer from Brazil. After gaining a degree in Journalism from the University of São Paulo, he worked for five years with Conrad Editora in Brazil, and then for two years with Tara Books in India. In 2011, he moved to Rhode Island to pursue an MFA in Graphic Design. Jonathan currently lives in New York.

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Maurizio Quarello

Maurizio Quarello

Italy

Maurizio Quarello was born in Turin, where he studied graphic design, architecture and illustration. He's illustrated over thirty books for publishers such as Orecchio Acerbo, Sarbacane, Rouergue, Barbara Fiore, Milan, Sterling, Kumon, SM and Gerstenberg. Maurizio has received many awards including an Andersen and IBBY Silverstar.

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Chris Haughton

Chris Haughton

United Kingdom

Chris Haughton's first picturebook, ‘A Bit Lost’ has been translated into over twenty languages and has won many international awards, including the Premio Andersen Award. Chris co-founded the fair trade social business, NODE, and he was listed in Time Magazine's ‘Design 100’ for his work with the fair trade company, People Tree.

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Yara Kono

Yara Kono

Brazil

Yara Kono is a Brazilian illustrator who lives in Portugal and is part of the Planeta Tangerina team. She received an Honourable Mention at the first Compostela International Prize for Picture Books and a Special Mention for ‘A Ilha’ (written by João Gomes de Abreu) in the Opera Prima Category at the 2013 Bologna Ragazzi Awards.

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Elena Odriozola

Elena Odriozola

Spain

Elena Odriozola worked at an advertising agency before becoming a children's book illustrator. She was a winner of the third CJ Picture Book Awards in Korea, her work was selected for the exhibition of the guest country at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, and she was nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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Kaatje Vermeire

Kaatje Vermeire

Belgium

Kaatje Vermeire studied Graphic Design and Advertising at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. She's received a number of awards for her work, including a Boekenpluim (Book Plume) and a White Ravens Award. Kaatje's books have been translated into many languages, which include Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English.

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Simone Rea

Simone Rea

Italy

Simone Rea was born in Albano Laziale where he lives and works. After studying at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and participating in several illustration courses, he became an illustrator. Simone has been selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition twice, and he was awarded a BIB Plaque at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava.

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Blexbolex

Blexbolex

France

Blexbolex (Bernard Granger) is an award-winning French illustrator who lives in Berlin. His books have been published all over the world, and he’s widely revered for his experimental approach to printmaking and book production. Blexbolex won the ‘Best Book Design from all over the World’ award at the Leipzig Book Fair.

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Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther

Belgium

Kitty Crowther, who is half English and half Swedish, was born in Brussels and lives in Wallonia in Belgium. She's written and/or illustrated about forty books which have been translated into twenty languages. In 2010, Kitty won the world's most prestigious prize for children's literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon

United Kingdom

Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton with a first class honours degree in Illustration. His second picturebook ‘Beegu’ was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Booktrust named Alexis as one of the best illustrators in the United Kingdom.

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