Every month, Literati subscribers receive original artwork created exclusively for our themed curations by world-renowned illustrators. Check out past illustrators below.
Anja Klauss is a German illustrator based in France. Since graduating from the Kassel School of Fine Arts in Germany and École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in France, she has published numerous children’s books including The Little Hippo: A Children’s Book Inspired by Egyptian Art which was featured in Club Nova in March. Anja specializes in mixed media, usually acrylic, graphite, and gouache painting. Check out our interview with Anja on the Literati blog.
Emma Dodd is an illustrator and author. She won the Booktrust award for I Love My Mummy in 2010 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal for I Love Bugs. A fan favorite for past Literati features, her book Forever was featured in Club Sprout in February. She lives in England with her husband, two children, several chickens, and their Jack Russell Terrier mix, Buzz. Check out our interview with Emma on the Literati blog.
Laura Freeman has illustrated over 20 children’s books, including Hidden Figures featured in Club Nova in January, the Nikki & Deja series and Fancy Party Gowns. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, her art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. Laura resides in Atlanta with her husband and two children. Check out our interview with Laura on the Literati blog.
Pamela Zagarenski is a painter and children’s book author and illustrator. She has won two Caldecott Honors for Sleep Like A Tiger and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors. She is also the recipient of an IBBY Honor by the Hans Christian Anderson committee. The Whisper—her wondrous tale about reading—was featured in Club Nova in December. (We also enclosed a frame-ready 9 x 12 print from the The Whisper in every box!) Pamela lives in Mystic, Connecticut. Check out our interview with Pamela on the Literati blog.
Brian Biggs is an author and illustrator best known for his New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series, Everything Goes and the Tinyville Town books—including I’m a Veterinarian which was featured in Club Neo in November. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising, posters, toys, and puzzles. The father of two fun kids, he works out of an old garage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check out our interview with Brian on the Literati blog.
Gabriel Alborozo is an author and illustrator of numerous children’s books including The Mouse and the Moon—which was featured in Club Sprout in October. He began work as a cartoonist at the tender age of fifteen working for magazines such as Private Eye, Punch and The Spectator. His first love is, and always has been, writing and illustrating for children. Gabe lives with his wife on the south coast of England. Check out our interview with Gabe on the Literati blog.
Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author and illustrator, best known for her number book series, One, Two, and Zero — which was featured in Club Nova in September. These character-building books promote empathy and social justice. She travels across the country engaging teachers and students to connect and develop strong character assets through reading, art, and the power of literature. Kathryn lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Check out our interview with Kathryn on the Literati blog.
Jared Chapman has always loved to draw. He even went to college for it. Before working in picture books, Jared lived in Austin, TX with his wife and kids. Now they live in the same town Jared and his wife grew up in. He has written and illustrated numerous books for children. His hysterically clever Vegetables in Underwear was featured in Club Sprout in August. Jared’s clients include Walt Disney Television Animation, Nick Jr., Nike, and McSweeney’s. Check out our interview with Jared on the Literati blog.
William Grill is a young author and illustrator who works predominately in colored pencil. At age 25, he was the youngest recipient of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 50 years for his debut book, Shackleton’s Journey—featured in Club Sage in July. William’s second book, The Wolves of Currumpaw, recently won the 2017 Bologna Ragazzi award for children’s non-fiction. His clients include Harrods, The New York Times, Shelter and Amnesty International. Check out our interview with William on the Literati blog.
Jenni Desmond is a picture book maker based in Hackney, London UK. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages. In 2015 she won Best Emerging Talent (Illustrator) at the Junior Design Awards. In 2016 she was made a Maurice Sendak Fellow and her book The Polar Bear won a prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books award. She works by hand using mixed media, and finishes the artwork digitally. Her book The Blue Whale was featured in Club Nova. Check out our interview with Jenni on the Literati blog.
Graeme Base is one of the world’s leading creators of picture books. Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and it has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of more than two million copies. Base lives in Melbourne with his artist wife Robyn and their three children. Graeme's book, The Eleventh Hour, was featured in Club Sage for May's curation. Check out our interview with Graeme on the Literati blog.
Yangsook Choi started drawing at age 4 and loved telling her grandma scary stories. Her books have been included on the American Library Association Notable Book list, selected by PBS Reading Rainbow, and have received the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Yangsook's book, The Name Jar, was featured in Club Nova for April's curation.
Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children's books. She lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she dances through life with her handsome husband, mischievous children, and fabulous family and friends. Molly's book, Flora & The Flamingo, was featured in Club Sprout for March's curation.
Louis Thomas is an author, illustrator, and fine artist. Louis lives and works in his art studio between the Pantheon and the Luxembourg Gardens. He shares his studio with his beloved cat, Pipo, who is good at giving hugs—especially when Louis is working on a new project. His book, 88 Instruments, was featured in Club Sprout for February's curation.
Nani Brunini is an illustrator with a mild shopping addiction to picture books and houseplants. Originally from São Paulo, she currently lives among the beautiful hills of San Francisco, CA. She also spent some time living in the UK, Finland, and Germany, working in design studios and doing what she likes the most - talking to people from around the globe and getting a grasp of how enormously different and similar the world really is.