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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.

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.

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

Cori DoerrfeldPersonal website

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

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

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.

Interview with Anne Duvoision Interview with Anne Duvoision

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)

Here is Satoshi being interviewed about HAT TRICKS:

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

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.

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.