Ann James grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to become an art teacher - and this gave her a good foundation to later grow into an illustrator of picture books. Her playful approach to making pictures is reflected in the stories she chooses and the ways she illustrates them, using a variety of materials and techniques. Her first book, A Pet for Mrs Arbuckle, written by Gwenda Smyth, was published in 1980.
Ann and her partner Ann Haddon, established Books Illustrated, a gallery for children’s book illustration in Melbourne, in 1988. It specialises in promoting picture books and their cre... read more