Hanane is obsessed with colours, textures and lighting, and what she loves doing the most is creating worlds where the tactile melts with the digital. Her favorite colour is turquoise, and Hanane loves tea, cooking, and gardening - she dreams of a turquoise plant. Based in Lebanon, Hanane first ventured off as a Graphic Designer (with a BA degree from NDU), then pursued her passion for illustration, photography and miniature set design. She expresses herself through the visuals she creates, and hopes with every illustration to touch her audience, leaving them with a certain feeling or message. In 2016, Tongue Twisters written by Fatima Sharafeddine and illustrated by Hanane Kai, won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons award, which celebrates publishing excellence of children's publishing in developing markets.
Anna Kang and her husband Christoper Weyant live in New Jersey with their two daughters. Anna, a native New Yorker, grew up believing she was small until one day she realised that everyone else was big. She attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts, USA, where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between.
Author Elizabeth Kann grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is a doctor who has yet to see an actual case of Pinkititis. Her writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and print publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Victoria Kann is the author-artist of three #1 New York Times bestselling books, Emeraldalicious, Silverlicious, and Goldilicious, and is the artist and coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Pinkalicious and Purplicious. In addition, Victoria co-wrote Pinkalicious: The Musical, which premiered in New York City to sold-out audiences and continues to be performed across the country. Her award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of many magazines, newspapers, and books. She lives with her husband and their two daughters close to the seashore, where she loves to walk on the beach and collect shells, hoping to find Aqualicious.
Villie was born in Athens and studied illustration at Ornerakis School of Applied Art. Having worked as a children's book illustrator since 2008, she loves creating playful characters, interesting compositions and giving emphasis on colour, working often digitally, but also traditionally, with a fresh and whimsical style. Villie gets much inspiration from her cat, and also from life, experiences and dreams. Her favourite children's story is 'The Little Prince', by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Her lifetime ambition, is to own a horse - but she's happy to settle for cat - for the time being!!
Jerome and Susana are married with a son and a daughter who provide them with lots of inspiration for their Horse and Fox characters. Before creating MINE! they produced an iPad app called The Phantom Clickerist, a digital story book for children. Jerome and Susana are both designers, working mostly in magazines.
Mij Kelly had an extremely colourful and varied childhood house-hopping around the UK, not to mention skipping across to India as well. Mij has worked as a newspaper editor, an oral historian and now, a specialist journalist in artificial intelligence. Mij has two children. She won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first book in 1993 and One More Sheep won the English Association 4-11 years Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2004.
Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science education, as well as the author of the award-winning book Not Your Typical Book About the Environment and other books for both adults and children. She consults around the world on environmental projects, and loves to explore nature with kids wherever she goes.
Moira is highly-acclaimed artist with a growing reputation. She studied History at Oxford, but discovered that reading children's books and illustrating them was much more intersting than reading history books and writing essays! She then went on to do a Foundation Course at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. She has had 33 books published and together they have sold over 5.5 million copies. Grandma Chickenlegs was published to great acclaim in the trade and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter book awards in the UK and Best Picture Book Independent Publsiher Book Awards in the US. Her favourite illustrator is Tove Jansson and the Moomintroll books. She used to argue with her brother about whether Moomins were better than Hobbits. They were and they are, she says!
Adrienne Kennaway spent most of her formative life in Kenya, East Africa, where she developed her interest in wildlife. Interest soon turned to art and even as a child Adrienne painted animals. A spell at Ealing Tech in London and L'Academie Bella Arte in Rome polished Adrienne's skills. Adrienne has illustrated over 30 children's books and her illustrations for Crafty Chameleon won the Kate Greenaway Prize. A world-wide traveller, Adrienne now enjoys spending time in the countryside, capturing the local wildlife on canvas. She lives in the Republic of Ireland.
Liz Kessler studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. After taking a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van, Liz now lives in Cornwall.Find out more at www.lizkessler.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @lizkesslerbooks and like her on Facebook at facebook.com/lizkesslerchildrensauthor.
Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials, fine sketching, and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces.
Sharon King-Chai grew up on the sunny shores of Sydney and spent happy years doodling and covering the carpets in ink. She studied Visual Communication (Hons) at University of Technology, Sydney, majoring in illustration. In 2003, armed with paintbrushes and a jar of vegemite she travelled across the world to a fresh new canvas, and has been based in North London ever since. Sharon has worked for design studios and publishing houses on album artwork, websites, ad campaigns, product packaging, logos, book covers and event identities. The app of her first picture book, Lucy Ladybird (lucyladybird.com), won the 2013 Family Choice Award and was highly commended for the Futurebook Innovation Award.
Marta Kissi is a London based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favourite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her boyfriend and their pet plant Trevor.
Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg where the dark arrives early for much of the year. He has written and illustrated many books, including I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat. You can see more of his work at www.burstofbeaden.com
Timothy studied history at Oxford. Since then he has spent his time writing plays, opera libretti, song lyrics and children's books. Timothy's books, including the successful Mungo series, have been translated into twelve languages and are often read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.Timothy Knapman studied history at Oxford. Since then he has spent his time writing plays, musicals, songs, operas and children's books.His books include the bestselling DINOSAURS IN THE SUPERMARKET and MUNGO AND THE PICTURE BOOK PIRATES. They have been translated into 15 languages and have been read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
Lou grew up on a remote sheep farm in Devon with chickens, ponies and her own pet ferret. She now writes funny stories for children, and also teaches other people to write their own stories. Lou has written children's rhymes, plays and novels, as well as stories for CBeebies television. She lives in London with two children, a Swiss husband (a reliable supplier of chocolate!) two cats and a dog.
Hilli Kushnir (aka silly Hilli) is a children's illustrator living in NYC with one husband, two kids, four plants and a few house flies that are harder to keep track of. She loves pets (that belong to other people) almost as much as she loves coffee (that she drinks too much of) and riding the NYC subway. Hilli painted a lot as a child but as an adult majored in graphic design which is a bit like drawing but with shapes and letters. After graduating she designed a bunch of stuff for the internet, but when given the chance continued drawing, mainly characters. Today Hilli's focus is children's books which allow her to be a bit silly and less of a grown up. She loves using happy colours and her favourite subjects are cute animals or little kids with missing teeth and messy hair.