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Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes is an award-winning illustrator based in Hastings on the South Coast of England. She has created artwork for over 20 picture books, including ‘The Forgettery’ by Rachel Ip, and the best-selling ‘bunnies’ series by Martha Mumford. In 2018 Laura won the Oscar’s Book Prize with author John Dougherty, for their book ‘There’s a Pig Up My Nose’.

Laura’s illustrations are loose, energetic and inspired by the natural world. She creates her hand-drawn illustrations using inks, but also loves working with gouache paint and pastels.

Laura Hughes is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Laura please email Arabella


‘Fans of The Gruffalo will adore this hilarious and smearily chaotic picture book about guzzling all the chocolates and trying not to be found out. Laura Hughes’ The Chunk is appealingly Muppet-like and just fluffy enough to be actually rather adorable. A delightful book about the joys of chocolate for all the other chocolate monsters out there.’ — The Book Trust for ‘ Wanted: The Chocolate Monster’ by Pip Jones, illustrated by Laura Hughes.

“Drawn and coloured with lively, happy, cartoonish freedom, showing a dad who cooks, some diversity in the class and lots of interesting detail at home, at the doctor’s and at school, the book is delightfully funny. This mad idea in a familiar context is likely to prompt giggly hours of playing.” — The Times for ‘There’s a Pig up my Nose’ by John Dougherty, illustrated by Laura Hughes.

“A holiday read that is cheerfully chaotic and energetically well calculated.” — The Observer for ‘We’re Going on an Egghunt’


Selected for BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2020 with ‘The Bear Who Did’, by Louise Grieg, Egmont

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‘The Bear Who Did’ picked as the Indie Book of the Month for January by the Booksellers Association Children’s Bookselling Group. Written by Louise Greig and published by Egmont.

Nominated for The Kate Greenaway Award 2019 for ‘Quick, Barney, Run!’, published by Faber & Faber.

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Oscar’s Book prize 2018 winner for ‘There’s A Pig Up My Nose’ written by John Dougherty and illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Egmont.

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Nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal 2016 with Daddy’s Sandwich, written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Laura Hughes (Faber and Faber)

The Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2015 — Runner Up with Daddy’s Sandwich, written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Laura Hughes (Faber and Faber).

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