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Jim Kay - Illustrator

Jim Kay studied illustration at the University of Westminster and worked in the archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens before becoming a full-time illustrator. He won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations for Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls. More recently, Jim contributed an installation to the V&A Museum’s Memory Palace exhibition, and was chosen by J. K. Rowling to illustrate the full-colour editions of the Harry Potter series. He lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, is currently working on the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Of this prestigious commission Jim says “To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children's literature, well let’s just say I'm extremely excited about it. The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling's stories, to their best.”

Here is a sneak preview of piece of Jim's artwork to feature on the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The illustration shows the front of Flourish & Blotts, the bookshop on Diagon Alley where Harry buys his first set of school books and is part of a larger illustration of Diagon Alley that will appear in the finished book.

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Jim Kay

The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors - illustrated by Jim Kay
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal | Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth, it offers new ways to consider the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition
Patrick Ness - illustrated by Jim Kay
A special collector's edition of Patrick Ness's original prize-winning illustrated novel and the remarkable story behind the book and film. Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling - illustrated by Jim Kay
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters - including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart - await...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2016
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling - illustrated by Jim Kay
This beautiful, deluxe edition features an opulent page size, well over 100 colour images and an exclusive pull-out double gatefold; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on the real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper;...
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Format: Book | Released 04/10/2016
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling - illustrated by Jim Kay
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Exciting news for all Harry Potter fans, Bloomsbury has published the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with artwork from the awesomely talented Kate Greenaway Medal...
Lovereading Price: £24.00 - Saving £6.00 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2015
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The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors - illustrated by Jim Kay
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness - illustrated by Jim Kay
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the Awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes! Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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