Carol Thompson

Jan 11, 2022 | BIB 2021

‘Down the wooden walkway.’
STORMDRAGON. Otter-Barry Books.
Text ©Dianne Hofmeyr 2021, Illustrations ©Carol Thompson 2021

“Pull up the anchor!”.
STORMDRAGON. Otter-barry Books.
Illustration © Carol Thompson 2021, Text © Dianne Hofmeyr 2021

“Amazing me”
AMAZING ME! DRESSING UP.  Child’sPlay (International) Ltd.
Text and illustrations © Carol Thompson.

Carol Thompson is a picture book illustrator/writer, who lives in a small town in the Midlands.

She was born and grew up in the flatlands of East Anglia and cycled everywhere, and still does.

Following her degree in Fashion and Printed Textiles at De Montfort University, Leicester, she became a freelance illustrator/designer, working happily with Gallery Five, (Jan Pienkowski, David Walser), Habitat, Gordon Fraser and Art Angels amongst others.

Approached by a children’s book publisher, a commission for four small wordless board books were recognised by the ‘Mother Goose Award’ (runner up), for a first picture book. Since then, her work has been translated internationally, including two disappearing Sioux languages, Dakota and Ojibwe.

Awards and nominations also include the Stonewall Honour Picture book Prize (USA), Coventry Inspiration Award (second), the Guardian ‘top 10 most inclusive books’ for ‘123 JUMP!’, ChildsPlay Pub. Smithsonian Museum notable books for children, USA. ‘SNUG’,Scottish Book Trust selected for gifting to new- borns. Kate Greenaway Medal, nomination.

A member of The Society of Authors, now a committee member with IBBY UK. In particular, involved with the IBBY Disability List for Young People.

“JUMP! takes a simple concept and fuses it with wonderful inclusive images to make something delightful and compelling…reflecting the excitement of children as they explore the world through movement….children with eyepatches, helmets, walking frames, hearing aids and cochlear implants can all be found having a whale of a time in the pages of this book…”. Guardian.

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