John Kelly

Children's Author/Illustrator

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Associate Agent: Emily Talbot
Assistant: Molly Jamieson


I'm an Illustrator, writer and designer who has worked for Scholastic, Macmillan, Hodder, Kingfisher, Simon & Schuster, Aardman animation, Lucasfilm, Radar pictures and many others. I have written and illustrated my own and others picture books, young fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction of every subject area imaginable, storyboards, concept art and treatments for film.

I've been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway prize twice (GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR DINNER? and SCOOP!). I've also been shortlisted for the Royal Society/Rhone Poulenc science book prize twice, (THE ROBOT ZOO, EVERYDAY MACHINES). My DON'T FLUSH: LIFTING THE LID ON THE SCIENCE OF POO AND WEE was shortlisted for the School Library Association'S 2013 Information Book Award.

I've also extensive experience as a designer in both non-fiction and Licensed publishing with Dorling Kindersley (among others) where I helped create books for Lucasfilm and Pixar. 

All my work has been digital since 1995.

Recent Publications:

Shhh! I'm Reading! (1st April 2019, Tiger Tales)

Bella is reading the best book ever! Shes just gotten to the most amazing part when suddenly, Captain Bluebottom appears and invites her on an adventure. Im sorry, Captain, Bella tells him, but today, Id rather just sit and read my book. So Bella returns to her book and is just about to read the best part when Maurice Penguin shows up and invites her to perform on stage with all the penguins. But Bella just wants to read today! Will she ever have the chance to finish her book?

What Do You Do if Your House is a Zoo? (1st September 2018, Little Tiger Press)

Oscar’s getting a pet! But which pet should he pick? And what on earth will he do when they all move in? His house is like a zoo! A book for animal lovers BIG and small.

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