Holly is a children’s author and illustrator based in the North East of England. She graduated from the University of Sunderland with a First Class Honours Degree in Illustration and Design in 2009 and from Edinburgh College of Art 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 National Illustration Competition ‘Over the Hills and Away’ run by Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books and Frances Lincoln.
Her debut picture book ‘15 Things Not to do with a Baby’ written by Margi McAllister, was nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016, and listed as one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Top 15 Books of 2015’. She has now illustrated 15 picture book titles including her most recent publication ‘Karate Kids’, published by Walker Books. This is her second author-illustrated title and brings together her passion for karate and illustration.
Diversity in all its forms is something that is extremely important to Holly. This feeds into the stories that she tells and the characters that she creates. Her desire is for every child to see themselves in the books that they read.
Holly Sterling is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Holly please email Arabella