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Paddy Donnelly is an Irish author & illustrator living in Belgium.

His books include Dodos Are Not Extinct, Hom, Here Be Dragonsand The Vanishing Lake. His work has achieved international acclaim as he was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2022 and shortlisted for The World Illustration Awards in 2018. Paddy’s first book as both author and illustrator, The Vanishing Lake, was awarded the gold medal in the picture book category of the IPPY Awards.

Paddy grew up on the beautiful north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures and shape-shifting animals. All of this prompted his love for nature, animals, the sea and storytelling.

Paddy Donnelly is represented by Susan Penny — to work with Paddy please email Susan

"A brilliant example of what a picture book should be doing." – Elaina Ryan, CEO Children's Books Ireland
'A warm, humorous and highly engaging celebration of love...' - KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards Judges comments
'Paddy Donnelly brings life to Skunk's world with a rich and glossy palette' - The Irish Times
'Full-page illustrations have a dynamic, painterly quality' - BookTrust Review
World Illustration Awards 2022 - Longlisted image
World Illustration Awards 2022 - Longlisted
CILIP/Kate Greenaway Medal 2022 - Nominated image
CILIP/Kate Greenaway Medal 2022 - Nominated
The White Ravens Book Award - Winner image
The White Ravens Book Award - Winner
The Book Trust’s Great Books Guide 2021 image
The Book Trust’s Great Books Guide 2021
Sainsbury's Children's Books Awards - Winner image
Sainsbury's Children's Books Awards - Winner
Literary Association of Ireland Biennial Children's Book Awards - Winner image
Literary Association of Ireland Biennial Children's Book Awards - Winner
Love Reading 4 Kids - Summer Reading 2021 List image
Love Reading 4 Kids - Summer Reading 2021 List
Gold Medal Award - Independent Publisher Book Awards image
Gold Medal Award - Independent Publisher Book Awards
The Best Children's Books 2020 - The Annual China Children's Booklist image
The Best Children's Books 2020 - The Annual China Children's Booklist
KPMG Award - Shortlisted image
KPMG Award - Shortlisted
Gradam Réics Carló Children's Irish Language Book of the Year - Shortlisted image
Gradam Réics Carló Children's Irish Language Book of the Year - Shortlisted
Waterstones' Book of the Month - June 2020 image
Waterstones' Book of the Month - June 2020
KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2019- Shortlisted image
KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2019- Shortlisted
World Illustration Awards 2018 — Nominated. image
World Illustration Awards 2018 — Nominated.
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