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Jon AgeePersonal website

Jon AgeeJon Agee went to college at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and film-making. Now a full-time author, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Audrey.

Jon is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed books for children including It's Only Stanley, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner. Terrific and Milo's Hat Trick between them have won New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books, ALA Notable Book, Horn Book Fanfare, PW Best Books of the Year, Book Sense Top Ten Pickand LA Times Best Children's Picture Books Miami Herald Top Ten.

"Agee appeals to connoisseurs of the absurd, and he shapes ridiculous developments into a tightly composed and satisfying picture book." Publishers Weekly


Chair of YLG, Jake Hope, interviews Jon Agee CILIP.


Jon features in Letters From Lockdown from the Children's Bookshow


Elena Arevalo MelvillePersonal website

Elena Arevalo MelvilleElena Arevalo Melville grew up in tropical Guatemala, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains and a large family, including a little green parrot. She has an MA in Children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She is a mother, a writer, an illustrator, a cartographer and leads workshops and art clubs in comics and art for children and adults. Her published work includes a series of Fantastical Maps for Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, contributions to small comic anthologies, and a tween picture book Niente Principe Ranocchio (No frog Prince) with Donzelli Editore (2014). She lives in Cambridge, with her partner and children and, although she still considers herself a bird person, she loves their little black cat.

Derrick BarnesPersonal website

Derrick BarnesDerrick Barnes lives in the USA. His picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award.

Vanessa Brantley-NewtonPersonal website

Vanessa Brantley-NewtonVanessa Brantley-Newton lives in the USA. She created Let Freedom Sing and Grandma's Purse and has illustrated many other titles.

Ruth Brown

Ruth BrownRuth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She was born in Devon and now lives in London and Kent. Ruth's books are translated in many languages around the world, and she has won the Earthworm Award, the English Association Award, the Prix Sorcière and been shortlisted 3 times for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

"Brown, whose exceptional draughtsmanship makes all her books a feast, visits a gallery with a difference in this picture book about cats and artists. A book to lead readers to 13 painters from Mondrian to Munch and Kahlo to Klimt." Sunday Times Culture Magazine


Jake Hope interviews Ruth on the YLG blog CILIP

Cori Doerrfeld Personal website
Cori reads her book The Rabbit Listened!Cori reads her book!

Cori DoerrfeldCori Doerrfeld lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and two children. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and her Post Baccalaureate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Cori wrote The Rabbit Listened after several of her friends went through difficult times.

Louise Duvoisin
Interview with Anne DuvoisinInterview with Anne Duvoisin

Louise Duvoisin was born in Lausanne in 1904 and educated in Geneva. She moved to America with her husband in the 1920s. She was the author of many children's books, amongst which The Happy Lion which was illustrated by her husband Roger and won the inaugural German Children's Book Prize in 1956.

Roger Duvoisin
Interview with Anne DuvoisinInterview with Anne Duvoisin

Roger DuvoisinRoger Duvoisin was born in Geneva in 1900. He studied at the École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His first job was designing scenery, making textiles, and painting murals. He married Louise Fatio, another artist from Switzerland. In 1927 they moved to New York City.

Duvoisin wrote and illustrated forty books, and illustrated over 100 more by other authors.

In 1947 he won the Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and in 1966 their Hide and Seek Fog won a Caldecott Honor.

The Happy Lion was the first book created together by Duvoisin and his wife Louise and it won the inaugural German Children's Book Prize in 1956.

Mark ElvinsPersonal website

Derek KeiltyMark Elvins lives in Yorkshire. When he's not drawing pirates he's a print-maker and recently won an English Heritage competition to illustrate the displays at Whitby Abbey.

Derek Keilty

Derek KeiltyDerek Keilty lives in Belfast and is the author of over ten books for children. His work has been translated into many different languages, selected for the Richard and Judy Club and shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year.

Derek in conversation with LIBRARIES ADVENTURES LIVE

Derek is interviewed for Books Make Things Better Books Make Things Better

Satoshi Kitamura

Satoshi KitamuraSatoshi Kitamura had no formal art training but drew constantly from an early age and devoured comics. His career started with commercial illustration work for adverts and magazines; then he moved to London in 1979, and made his picture book debut with ANGRY ARTHUR, which in 1983 won the Mother Goose Award for the most exciting newcomer to British illustration. Since then Satoshi has illustrated over 20 of his own books and many more in collaboration with internationally renowned authors Hiawyn Oram, Jon Agard, and Colin McNaughton.

'The bold, bright, beautiful style of Satoshi Kitamura stands out like a beacon.' (T.E.S.)

'Satoshi Kitamura has produced some of the most delightful picture books of the last dozen years.' (New York Times Book Review)


Satoshi features in Letters From Lockdown from the Children's Bookshow


Jake Hope interviews Satoshi on the YLG blog CILIP


Here is Satoshi being interviewed about HAT TRICKS:

His recent Kamishibai performances for THE CAVE and LIONELS HAIR are here:

Inbal Leitner
Inbal reads her book The Longest Strongest ThreadInbal reads her book!

Inbal LeitnerInbal Leitner studied Classic Animation at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem, and worked there as a classic animator for ten years. Now living in Cambridge with her family, Inbal is focusing on illustration; she has illustrated children's books, and worked for magazines and private clients. Inbal prefers using traditional techniques such as acrylic, pastels, watercolours, printmaking, collage and mixed media.

Antoinette PortisPersonal website

Antoinette PortisAntoinette's picture-book debut was the New York Times best-selling Not A Box: an American Library Association Seuss Geisel Honor book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. She won a 2010 Sendak Fellowship. Antoinette studied fine arts before working in the world of design and advertising, including for Disney, before taking a flying leap to pursue her dream of writing and illustrating picture books.

Rob RamsdenPersonal website

Rob RamsdenRob Ramsden teaches graphic illustration and animation in East Anglia to pupils from 5 years old to university level, and has exhibited his illustration and animation nationally and internationally. Born in Yorkshire, he was raised as an artist in Cornwall, then explored Sussex and is currently settled in Suffolk. Since 1992 he's drawn comics, animated cartoons, illustrated commercially and exhibited his illustration and animation nationally and internationally. He's put creativity into mounting exhibitions, fairs and music events. Rob is a graduate of the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art (2014). Since 2017, he has set up Fictional Space, a screen printing studio in Suffolk dedicated to collaboration, editions and limited-edition publications. Rob is the proud dad of a fantastically funny son.

He likes that we live in a visually rich world, and dislikes it when people can't see it.


Jake Hope interviews Rob on the YLG blog CILIP

Rose RobbinsPersonal website

Rose RobbinsRose Robbins is an award-winning Author/Illustrator based in Nottingham, UK. Rose has been making picture-books since the age of 6, when she received a stapler for her birthday. Her earliest surviving work is entitled 'Two bunnies needing friends' of which only one copy is currently know to exist. She was awarded 'Best New Blood' at the D&AD graduate fair in 2012, was runner up in the Carmelite Prize in 2017, and part of the Cheltenham awards for illustration in 2017. Rose has been published previously in Mexico and in various international anthologies. She also likes to make sculptures, soft toys, music videos and lino-prints.

Rose's brother is autistic and she teaches autistic young people.


Jake Hope interviews Rose on the YLG blog CILIP

Rose Robbins' blog tour for Autism Awareness Week 2020

Rose talks to Female First about children’s books featuring characters with disabilities

Rose talks to Federation of Children’s Book Groups about the inspiration behind her new book TALKING IS NOT MY THING

Rose talks to Library Girl and Book Boy blog and tells her story from the perspective of a non-verbal autistic sister who has found other ways to communicate with her sibling

Rose talks to BookTrust:'Books like this can comfort young carers'

Rose talks to Just Imagine

Rose talks to SEN magazine

Bethan Welby

Rose RobbinsBethan Welby grew up in the midlands where she had an enormous garden to lose herself in, which she often did. She received an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Anglia Ruskin in 2019. Bethan was a winner of the international Picture This! Illustration competition 2018. She now lives in South Devon where she enjoys printmaking and outdoor drawing.