Story and Illustration: Ways to Create Unique Children’s Books

Story and Illustration: Ways to Create Unique Children’s Books

15 Mar 2017, 11:30 - 12:30

Children's Hub (1F11)


Although children’s books usually take shape in a collaboration between a writer and an illustrator, there are also books written and illustrated by the same person: a ‘writer-illustrator’. What are the challenges for this kind of creative process? What does the book gain from it? What issues arise for a foreign publisher when acquiring rights for this kind of a book? Writers-illustrators from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the Baltic Countries’ top names in the children’s literature scene – will discuss their different experiences.

Estonia will be represented by Piret Raud – the country’s most-translated children’s author, who began her writing career as an illustrator; Lithuania will be represented by the famous illustrator and writer Kęstutis Kasparavičius, whose works are translated into 26 languages worldwide; Latvia will be represented by illustrator, Art Academy of Latvia lector Rūta Briede and creator of the Bikibuks children’s book series.

These leading children’s books authors and illustrators from the Baltic Countries will discuss the challenges of creating texts and illustrations for children. Do Baltic authors have their own unique ‘formula’ for children’s books? And do their books differ from those in the UK? The discussion will be moderated by Pam Dix, chair of IBBY UK.

This session will look at what it means to create children’s books and literature – it is a challenge that requires keenness, creativity and courage. Children are the most demanding audience. Stories for children must be as real as we can imagine and conjure up.



  • Rūta Briede


    Illustrator and lecturer

    Art Academy of Latvia

    Rūta Briede (1984) is an illustrator, cartoonist and lecturer in illustration at the Art Academy of Latvia. She is known as the art editor of the...

  • Piret Raud


    Writer of children's books and illustrator

    Piret Raud was born in 1971 in Tallinn, Estonia. She has studied printmaking at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Since graduating in 1995, she has been...

  • Kęstutis Kasparavičius


    Children's books author and illustrator

    Lithuanian Culture Institute

    Kęstutis Kasparavičius (1954) is a renowned Lithuanian illustrator and writer whose books are familiar to children all over Europe, Asia, North and...

  • Pam Dix



    International Board on Books for Young people (IBBY) UK

    Pam Dix has recently retired from managing the Education Library Service in Islington, a book, costume and artefacts loans service for schools. She...

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