Holly Sterling

Holly is a a freelance children’s author and illustrator based in the North East of England. She loves to work by hand using a variety of different media including watercolour, pencil and different printing processes.

In 2009, Holly graduated from the University of Sunderland with a First Class Honors Degree in Illustration and Design. After graduating, Holly worked at design company, Big Bang Creative in Teesside creating designs for websites, e-commerce, branding and games.

In 2011 Holly decided to go back to university, to do a two year Masters at Edinburgh College of Art. She graduated with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) with Distinction in 2013. In the same year she was highly Commended for the Macmillan Illustration Prize and the winner of the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration Competition.

After Holly completed her Masters Degree, she worked at a greeting card company in the North East of England designing greeting cards for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, PDSA, RSPB, Epilepsy Action, Sue Ryder and Traidcraft. After a year in the industry, Holly decided to make writing and illustrating picture books a full-time commitment.

Holly now teaches Illustration and Design at Sunderland University alongside her illustration work.

Awards

Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award 2016 for ‘15 Things NOT to do with a Baby’, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

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Highly commended for the Macmillan Prize 2013 for ‘Hiccups!’, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

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Reviews

“Frances Lincoln ensures cultural diversity is represented so these illustrations present a mixed race family. The style is fresh and young with beautiful colours and some lovely silly scenes” - Booktrust

Selected as one of the 12 best Children’s books of 2015. “A humorous take on the conflicting emotions that younger siblings can inspire.” Independent on Sunday Book Of The Week

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