Steve McCarthy receives an Honour Award for Illustration in The Wilderness

We are delighted to share that Steve McCarthy’s work in The Wilderness has won the Honour Award for Illustration in the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2023.

The Wilderness (Walker, 2022) is a wild and wondrous story of true bravery and discovering friendship in the most unexpected of places, perfect for adventurers and the more timid alike. Steve’s illustrations bring vividly to life a world of exploration, fear and wonder.



The book has sold in six international territories, including France, Italy, Poland and Denmark, and will be published by Candlewick Press in the US in Autumn October 2023.

On The Wilderness, Steve has said: “Autumn is my favourite season, and for my first picture book I wanted to create a legend that celebrated everything that’s magic about this special time of year. In Ireland, in Autumn, we celebrate Samhain (Sown) the time of year when the veil between our world and that of the spirits and the unknown is thinnest, when there is magic in the air, when the fantastic seems possible.”

Congratulations to Steve and the team at Walker Books!