Emily Gravett's career as a successful illustrator began
before she even finished studying illustration at Brighton School of Art. During
her second year as a student, she entered one of her projects for the Macmillan
Prize for Children's Illustration, earned a 'Highly Commended' and then, the following year, won the prize by entering two books that the judges ranked in first and
second place. The winning title, Wolves, was published by
Macmillan Children's Books and went on to win the Kate Greenaway Medal, the
Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration and was also a runner up
for the Smarties prize. Three years later, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears won her the Kate Greenaway Medal for a second time.
Emily Gravett has now published more than 20 picture books
in more than 20 languages including Meerkat Mail, Orange Pear Apple Bear (a
Quills Award finalist, a Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist title, a Publishers
Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of
the Year), Tidy (Macmillan) and Cyril and Pat (also Macmillan), which won the first ever BookTrust StoryTime Prize in 2019. She is one of a small world-class team of illustration talent chosen to create colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library books. Quidditch Through the Ages (Bloomsbury) publishes autumn 2020.
A natural innovator and with a great sense of comedy, Emily
Gravett has also become renowned for her creative and interactive approach to
the bookmaking medium. She wanted Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears to look
genuinely chewed, so she painted yoghurt on plain white paper and laid it in the cage of the
two pet rats. Of Tidy, Kirkus said: 'Artistic
virtuoso Gravett wields her pencils, watercolors, and wax crayons (and a nifty,
layered cover die cut) to create detail that's tender and sharp, with
backgrounds both lush and quirky.'
Emily Gravett has also collaborated with some of the most
creative writers working today including Julia Donaldson on Cave Baby ,with
A F Harold on The Imaginary (Bloomsbury), and with Matt Haig on Evie and the Animals. The
Imaginary won the UKLA Book Award 2016 with the judges commenting that their
7-11 winner 'reflects once again the importance of illustration to this age
group.' The New York Times Book Review said: 'Emily Gravett's delicate
illustrations (and dazzling cover art), with soft lines in mostly black and
white, capture the motion of Amanda and Rudger's adventures, but the tranquility
of play too.'
Emily Gravett lives and works in Brighton with her family.
See also illustrators.