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Holly Sterling - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Holly Sterling was born in Dublin and grew up in southern England. She studied Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland, and is currently studying for an MFA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Illustration Prize in 2013, and winner of the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration Competition in 2012.

Holly also competes for her country in karate; she is a double National Champion and Gold and Bronze medallist from the WSKA World Championships. She lives near Sunderland.

'15 Things Not to do with a Baby' was her first published picture book.

A q&a with Holly..

What do you most like drawing? Children

What do you find the hardest to draw? Hands

What's your secret weapon when it comes to illustrating? A good soft pencil and lots of energy!

What memories do you have of libraries as a kid? Overwhelming joy!

What books were most precious to you as a child? Brambly Hedge and Percy the Park Keeper.

If you could have an illustrator decorate your house who would you choose? Chris Haughton

Featured books by Holly Sterling

Out of Heart

Out of Heart

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Irfan Master Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Unusual writing and a striking plot in this coming of age story.

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15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

3+ readers

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Other books by Holly Sterling

Karate Kids

Karate Kids

Author: Holly Sterling Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Join Maya and all her friends as they get together at the dojo for their Saturday karate class! There are moves to remember, blocks to practise, and punches to perfect! Maya is a white belt, which means she's still a beginner, but with focus, balance and determination - and a little helping hand from her friends - can she show Sensei what she's got? Written and illustrated by Holly Sterling, a karate champion and teacher, this is a joyful and uplifting celebration of the sport, and a must-have primer for any child hoping to be a karate kid one day, too!

Everybody Feels Happy!

Everybody Feels Happy!

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Have you ever been really excited about a holiday? Have you ever made someone else happy? How did you feel? Was your smile really wide? Read about Ethan and Sophie, and what they did when they felt happy. ith a mix of stories, questions for the reader, and advice, this book focuses on why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with those feelings. With fun, engaging illustrations the book reassures young readers, providing them with a vocabulary to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations.

Everybody Feels Scared!

Everybody Feels Scared!

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Did you feel scared on your first day of school? Have you ever felt nervous talking in class? Did your heart beat really fast? Read about Omar and Chloe, and what they did when they felt scared. With a mix of stories, questions for the reader, and advice, this book focuses on why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with those feelings. With fun, engaging illustrations the book reassures young readers, providing them with a vocabulary to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations.

Everybody Feels Sad!

Everybody Feels Sad!

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Have you ever lost a favourite toy? Were you sad when a pet you loved died? How did you feel? Did your eyes fill with tears? Read about Chloe and Omar and what they did when they felt sad. With a mix of stories, questions for the reader, and advice, this book focuses on why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with those feelings. With fun, engaging illustrations the book reassures young readers, providing them with a vocabulary to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations.

Everybody Feels Angry!

Everybody Feels Angry!

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Has someone ever taken something that belongs to you? Have you ever been angry and shouted? How did you feel? Did you clench your fists? Read about Sophie and Ethan, and what they did when they felt angry. With a mix of stories, questions for the reader, and advice, this book focuses on why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with those feelings. With fun, engaging illustrations the book reassures young readers, providing them with a vocabulary to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations.

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