Hannah Shaw

Children's author, Author/Illustrator

Available for:
After dinner speaking

Website: http://www.hannahshawillustrator.co.uk



Who Ate Auntie Iris Written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Hannah Shaw- Shortlisted for Junior Magazine's Picture Book of 2012

Erroll won the best picture book at the Bay Book Awards (2010 Swansea) and was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Children's Book Prize 2011

The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and illustrated by Hannah Shaw won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2010

Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Hannah Shaw was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

Evil Weasel won the Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award 'Read it Again!' 2009- an award voted for by over 8,000 children.

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college




Hannah Shaw is a children's author and illustrator. She has a passion for character creation, drawing and fun story ideas. She loves to share her enthusiasm of books with children and adults of all ages.

Her own picture books include Bear on a Bike, the award winning Evil Weasel, Erroll a nutty squirrel tale and a cheeky raccoon story about manners and morals - School for Bandits.
Hannah illustrates picture books for other authors. Look out for Gareth Edward's badger in The Disgusting Sandwich, five books by Sean Taylor - including The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair and Who Ate Auntie Iris and Anna McQuinn's The Sleep Sheep.

As well as picture books, Hannah also writes and illustrates fiction books for young readers. Stan Stinky- Sewer Hero is a funny, pic-fic story about a surfing young sewer rat. The sequel is Stan Stinky vs the Sewer Pirates.
Other young fiction illustrated by Hannah includes the popular re-issued Sophie series by Dick King-Smith, Casper Candlewacks by Ivan Brett and the prize winning Great Hamster Massacre stories by Katie Davies. Hannah has also worked on special dyslexic and young reader fiction books for Julia Donaldson The Snake who came to Stay and Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door.

Hannah was selected to be official illustrator for Hay festival 2011.

Hannah lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire and will travel to events up to 2 hrs travel away (Midlands, South Wales, South West and London) for a day visits.
She may also do events further afield on special request.
Some reviews:

This is a rollicking tongue in cheek moral tale in which text and artwork work seamlessly together. It will be much enjoyed by young readers. - Books for Keeps (on Evil Weasel)

Hannah Shaw’s busy illustrations make excellent use of flattened perspectives that root the story domestically while also containing loads of visual jokes. - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian (on Erroll)

It has all the vital elements for beginning readers: a hugely enjoyable story, great characters, text perfectly matched to hugely humorous, story-telling pictures (these are visually cumulative in places and every one is a potential starting point for children’s own flights of fancy,) rhyme and rhythm, speech bubbles, signs – great to see a bookshop among them and more…
With its circular structure what more can any one ask? - Red Reading Hub

Hannah's usual primary school or library workshop event: A 1 hour session suitable for reception, KS1 & 2 or ages 4-11. It involves stories and discussions on two of her books (selected with age group and audience in mind) how she creates her illustrations and what inspires her. She shows pictures and encourages enthusiastic questions and answers, as well as doing some live drawing! For the last 20- 25 mins of the session Hannah either sets a project inventing and drawing book characters or she brings fun worksheets for children to complete.
Hannah can extend this workshop to a half day session with one group, this involves further exploration into the characters they have invented, usually working in pairs to a create story and illustrating a page or cover for their story.  This longer session generally suits KS2 - KS3 (or ages 8-14).  Her aim is to get everyone creatively collaborating.
For festivals or non-educational events: Hannah will usually do a themed workshop around a new book. This can include fun craft activites, games and stories.
For secondary schools, colleges and adult workshops: A session tailored to suit the age / ability of the audience. This can range from a shorter talk and presentation to a whole day workshop. Together exploring the finer details of making a picture book. Talking more about the processes that lead to publication, giving advice on writing styles and illustration techniques. Hannah can also take part in set projects, she has experience of teaching illustration up to degree level.
For Skype based talks, please enquire via email to discuss what is possible.
The main aim of a visit is to provide insight, entertainment and encourage imaginative, creative drawing and writing.
A signing is the perfect way to end a visit. It is up to the venue to organise and promote the signing and for them to order in the appropriate books. Hannah can provide images for promotional purposes, she can also recommend a book selling service to purchase books at discount on a sale or return basis.
In rare cases she can bring books to sign herself but will need to know in advance.
Charges 2016 / 17 (subject to change depending on location/ event- please request a full quote):

All events are plus travel expenses - train/ fuel unless within 30 mins drive.
• Time spent signing after the event is free of charge.
A standard hour event is £150 

Half day visit (3 hours of 2-3 sessions) is £225
Whole school day fee is currently £350
(Reduced rate for all Gloucestershire schools of £300)

Visit her website to download a PDF about planning a visit with Hannah.

School For Bandits (isbn:178008000X)
by Hannah Shaw
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Bear on a Bike (isbn:1407159658)

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Evil Weasel (Paperback) (isbn:1862304289)
(Paperback version)
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The Digusting Sandwich (isbn:1407131451)

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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All (isbn:1845079043)
Written by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw
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The Sleep Sheep (isbn:1906427245)
Written by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Hannah Shaw. A baa-tastic counting sheep bedtime story with a difference.
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Who Ate Auntie Iris (isbn:1847803148)
Picture Book. Written by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw
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Stan Stinky Sewer Hero (isbn:1407136240)

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Stan Stinky vs the Sewer Pirates (isbn:1407136410)

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The Great Hamster Massacre (isbn:1847385958)
Written by Katie Davies, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw - Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award
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Erroll (isbn:0224070932)
On an ordinary day, you wouldn't expect to find a squirrel in your packet of nuts, but then again Erroll is no ordinary squirrel. When he turns up in Bob's pack of Nutti Nutts, mess, chaos, destruction and peanut butter are not far behind...
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Sophie's Snail (isbn:1406343056)

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Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon (isbn:0007411553)
By Ivan Brett, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw
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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

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