Ann James

Ann James is an award-winning illustrator of over 60 children’s books. She particularly loves illustrating picture books and texts for young children. She works in a variety of mediums including pen and ink, watercolour, soft pastels, charcoal and collage. Ann, with partner Ann Haddon, established Books Illustrated in 1988. This gallery for book illustration focuses on creating exhibitions promoting Australian picture books and their creators that travel throughout Australia and overseas, most recently in Italy, China and Korea. Together in 2000 they were awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award for Distinguished service to Australian Children’s Literature. In 2003 Ann received the Dromkeen Medal awarded annually to an Australian citizen for work that ‘makes a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature.’ She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. The Butterfly, shortlisted for the 1997 NSW Premier’s Award, is her first book with Walker Books.