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David Litchfield

David first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones ‘mash up’ comics for his older brother and sister.

Since then David’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, children’s books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U.K, Europe and America. David loves to illustrate fiction covers, non-fiction and full-color picture books. His worldwide publishing clients include Francis Lincoln/Quarto, Faber & Faber, Walker Books, Penguin Random House, Candlewick Press, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Hachette.

David Litchfield is represented by Anne Moore Armstrong — to work with David please email Anne


‘In illustrator David Litchfield’s hands, sadness takes the form of a scribbly sort of bean with long limbs and a radiant heart in Anne Booth’s timely A Shelter for Sadness (Templar). Several recent releases have depicted tricky emotions as blobs, or creatures hiding in the shadows, but this one stands out. Profoundly moving and full of depth, it gently explores the need to accept sorrow, live alongside it, rather than chase a cure.’

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“Magical and heart-warming with rich and somewhat surreal images of cosy interiors, city - and seascapes, starlit skies and buildings.” — Nicolette Jones for The Sunday Times. Also selected for The Times Books of the Year

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“Litchfield’s poignant debut picture book celebrates both the wonders of wandering far in pursuit of one’s dreams and the sweet comfort of returning home.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


‘Pip and Egg’ has won the ‘Our Best Picture Book 2022’ from Leicester City Council, as part of their ‘Whatever It Takes’ scheme. Written by Alex Latimer, published by Scholastic.

David Litchfield was nominated for CILIP/Kate Greenaway Medal 2022 for ‘Bone Music’, written by David Almond, published by Hodder Books; ‘Rain Before Rainbows’, written by Smriti Halls, published by Walker books; and ‘A Shelter For Sadness’, written by Anne Booth, published by Templar books.

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2022 with ‘Pip and Egg’, written by Alex Latimer, published by Scholastic.

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Longlisted for the 2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for ‘Lights on Cotton Rock’, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Winner of the Gold Award at the 2020 Foreword Indies Book Awards Gold - Picture Book Category for ‘Rain Before Rainbows’, written by Smriti Halls, published by Walker Books.

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Shortlisted for the Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 for ‘Rain Before Rainbows’. Written by Smriti Halls, published by Walker Books.

Longlisted for the Nature Generation ‘Green Earth Book Award 2021’ for ‘Ocean! Waves for all’. Written by Stacy McAnulty.

Finalist for the 2020 Foreword INDIES award for ‘Rain before Rainbows’.

Chosen for the 2021 Read for Empathy Collection for ‘Rain Before Rainbows’, written by Smriti Halls and published by Walker Books.

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