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Benji Davies

Benji Davies loved drawing from a young age; seeing his work in print is a childhood ambition fulfilled. After studying animation at university, Benji went on to direct animated commercials, music promos and short films, before embarking fully upon his picture book career.

Having successfully debuted to critical and bestselling acclaim as an author/illustrator with Simon & Schuster (The Storm Whale, Grandad’s Island and The Storm Whale in Winter), Benji is further exploring his work as an animation filmmaker, transforming his stories from screen to page. The Grotlyn is his first rhyming book and marks the beginning of a new publishing relationship with HarperCollins. This staple of picture book commissions continues, alongside film and broadcasting opportunities, born of his award-winning work.

His books have been co-editioned in over thirty-five languages and countries, gaining recognition across Europe and around the world.

Benji is also the illustrator of Nosy Crow’s internationally successful Bizzy Bear board book series, which recently topped three million sales worldwide.

He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Benji Davies is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Benji please email Arabella

Awards

Listed on The Sunday Times Books of the Year with ‘The Snowflake’ written and illustrated by Benji Davies and published by Harper Collins Children’s Books.

Listed in The Times ‘Best Children’s Book of the Year 2020’ with ‘The Puffin Keeper’ written by Michael Morpurgo and published by Puffin.

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Listed on The Spectator’s list of Children’s Books for Christmas 2020.

‘The Puffin Keeper’, written by Michael Morpugo and published by Puffin Books.

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Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2020 for ‘Tad’, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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Nominated for The Kate Greenaway Award 2019 for ‘The Grotlyn’, published by Harper Collins.

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Shortlisted for the picture book category of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award, with ‘The Grotlyn’ published by Harper Collins.

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World Illustration Awards 2018 — Nominated with ‘The Grotlyn’ for the Children’s Books category. An award by The Association of Illustrators.

Shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2018: Book Illustration Category, with ‘The Grotlyn’

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Holland – CPNB Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017, with ‘The Storm Whale’, published by Simon & Schuster.

Winner of The AOI Illustration Award 2015: Best Picture Book, with ‘Grandad’s Island’

Winner of The Sainsbury’s Book Award: Children’s Book of the Year 2015, with ‘Grandad’s Island’

Winner of Oscar’s First Book Prize 2014, with ‘The Storm Whale.’ Launched by the Evening Standard, the prize was created to seek out the most magical book for pre-school children.

Reviews

‘Fans of The Storm Whale will delight in this festive offering from author-illustrator Benji Davies.’

‘Accompaniesd by Davies’s delicate illustrations of everyday life across the country…the message at the core of this story is that even the most ephemeral of things can give you the greatest pleasure.’

‘Two slightly lost souls make a touching connection. Benji Davies’s beautifully illustrated story is a delight.’

‘This gentle, seasonal picture book, notable for it’s use of light and dark, opens with an exapanse of sky and flake who dislikes falling. Then it zooms in on a child who longs for a proper Christmas tree. She decorates a broken branch and the snowflake settles as a final touch’

‘Benji Davies, author of Grandad’s Island tells the lyrical story of a little girl and a snowflake, both looking for a place to call home.’

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‘Exquisitely told and beautifully illustrated, The Snowflake tells the tale of one snowflake and one little girl who are both longing for something and looking for their own special place in the world. An enchanting and timeless winter tale from the multi-award-winning Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island.

“Benji Davies’s joyous illustrations integrate hand drawing and computer-generated colour, setting scenes…that will make readers into enthusiastic fellow travellers” — Sunday Times for ‘Grandad’s Island’

‘A beautiful and comforting book that shows how those who are dear to us remain near to us – however far away they may seem’ — The Guardian for ‘Grandad’s Island’

“Lovely, poignant picture book, told in lucid prose and limpid illustrations” and “An understated, profoundly charming little fable” — Financial Times for ‘On Sudden Hill’

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