Hannah Shaw

Hannah Shaw

Children's author, Illustrator

Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Adventure, Comedy, Fable, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Narrative, Picture book, Short story

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction 5-9, Picture book


  • Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
  • Bay Book Awards (2010 Swansea) shortlisted for the Portsmouth Children's Book Prize 2011
  • Shortlisted for Junior Magazine's Picture Book of 2012
  • Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2010
  • Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award 'Read it Again!' 2009



25th JAN 23 update: Please be aware I am now FULLY BOOKED for WORLD BOOK DAY WEEK. I have some availability the week after, please enquire if interested.


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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 workshops show how you can be inspired to write through drawing.

Visits for 2023-2024
UNIPIGGLE the Unicorn Pig

UNIPIGGLE THEMED TALK & WORKSHOPS for schools, libraries and festivals.

A madcap adventure series about being proud to be different. 6500 word chapter books with full colour illustrations.

To celebrate the Unipiggle series, Hannah will be offering a Unipiggle themed visits and workshops to all schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals.

The Unipiggle books are aimed at 5-9 year olds. For schools, Hannah is offering this workshop to Y1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as an assembly for the whole school. Hannah continues to offer picture book themed workshops based on The Disgusting Sandwich to Early Years and Reception classes and Y1 (as well as illustration workshops to Y5+).

The Unipiggle assembly session is approximately 45 mins and involves a slideshow presentation, the use of interactive props to amuse and delight with a magic trick plus a story reading and draw-a-long. A Q&A session can be added on at the end. The school will need to provide a screen / projector and a flip-chart. If you choose to do the draw-a-long session in the assembly, each child will need a pencil and a clip board.

Workshop sessions follow on from the assembly and are 45 mins- 1hr. Hannah can work with up to 60 children per session, although smaller, class sized groups are recommended. A draw-a-long / Q&A can be done at the start of each workshop if you chose not to do it during assembly. The aim of the workshop is to engage children with story worlds and characters, focusing on them drawing 'magical maps'. Hannah will need access to a flip-chart and screen. The school will need to provide pencils, pens and paper for the children.

For Festivals, Libraries and Bookshops, The talk and workshop can be adapted to a 1hr event with props, a draw-a-long and /or fun Unipiggle craft activity! Please contact to discuss.



Picture books

Hannah's 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 World Famous Cheese Shop Break-In and Who Ate Auntie Iris.
Young Fiction
Hannah also writes and illustrates fiction books for young readers. The Unipiggle series (6 books in total) is her latest, full colour chapter book series for newly independent readers. She wrote and illustrated The Stan Stinky series about sewer rats and The Scruffs / The Scruffs Showtime is great for reluctant readers who love silly animal tales.
Other young fiction illustrated by Hannah includes the popular re-issued Sophie series by Dick King-Smith and the 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 lives in Gloucestershire (GL5) and will travel to events up to 2 hrs travel away (Midlands, South Wales, South West and London) for a day visits.
Events further afield are on special request. Interactive Zoom sessions are an option for schools further afield please enquire via email to discuss what is possible.
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.
Charges 2023: Charges are £450 for a day and Hannah may consider one off or half day events depending on location. Please get in contact to discuss requirements and budget. Zoom events are currently £80 per session.

All events are plus travel expenses - A reduced or non-fee for travel maybe available for local Stroud / Gloucestershire schools.
• Time spent signing after the event is free of charge.
Email Hannah to find out what is possible. Recent work includes a children's nature trails and puzzle booklet, a picture book for a PR company, logos, invitations, character decor and shop design, comic strips, historical drawings and much more. Hannah is represented by Jodie Hodges at United Agents. https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/hannah-shaw

Books by Hannah Shaw

Unipiggle - Unicorn Muddle

Unipiggle - Unicorn Muddle

Welcome to Twinkleland Kingdom, where everything is 100% perfect. Except Princess Pea - she loves getting muddy and having fun and she’s not keen on choosing her own perfect unicorn at the Royal Unicorn Parade. Until the final unicorn turns out to be a podgy, pongy, proud, magic-horned...pig? And so the adventures of Princess Pea and Unipiggle begin! The first book in a series. 
Unipiggle: Dragon Trouble

Unipiggle: Dragon Trouble

Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules and her Royal Unicorn, who happens to be a pig! There's trouble in store for Unipiggle and Princess Pea when a naughty dragon accidentally magics a dinosaur into Twinkleland... Will the dinosaur CRASH and BASH and SMASH down Twinkleland? Or can Unipiggle and Princess Pea find a way to stop the dino?  
Unipiggle Mermaid Mayhem

Unipiggle Mermaid Mayhem

Unipiggle and Princess Pea are on Holiday. They can't wait to have fun but then the king is swept away in a Whirlpool. The mermaids think he has been taken by a mysterious undersea creature...who likes to burp a lot. Can Unipiggle and Princess Pea brave the bubbles to save the king? 
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Unipiggle - Witch Emergency

Unipiggle - Witch Emergency

When Unipiggle and Princess Pea discover a dusty old MAGIC BOOK, they can't wait to try it out. But then the book goes missing. Suddenly, there is chaos at the palace! The daisies have grown teeth, and, even worse, the King and Queen have been turned into UNICORNS! Can Unipiggle and Princess Pea stop the spells?  
Unipiggle - Camping Chaos

Unipiggle - Camping Chaos

Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules and her Royal Unicorn, who happens to be a pig! A madcap and much-loved adventure series for 6-8 year olds, perfectly bridging the gap from picture books to chapter books, from award-winning author-illustrator Hannah Shaw, filled with pictures in all the colours of the rainbow and interactive extra material. Princess Pea and Unipiggle are very excited to be attending ROYAL CAMP for the first time. They are looking forward to meeting other Princes, Princesses and Royal Companions, and staying in a tent. But someone is out to RUIN Royal Camp. Things are going missing, and the activities are all spoiled... Even worse, it looks like Princess Pea and Unipiggle have done it. Can Unipiggle and Princess Pea find the real culprit and stop the CAMPING CHAOS? 
Unipiggle Fairy Freeze

Unipiggle Fairy Freeze

Princess Pea and Unipiggle are thrilled when it snows! They can't wait to party at the Twinkleland Palace Snow Ball. But the Festive Fairies haven't delivered their usual sparkle and cheer across the kingdom. And without it, the Snow Ball can't go ahead. Where could the fairies be? It's up to Princess Pea and Unipiggle to find out and save the Snow Ball! 
The Scruffs

The Scruffs

There is a new addition to the Pet Shop and the scruffy pets aren't happy. Ursula is a beautiful,pedigree cat with shiny fur and polished paws and she sticks out like a sore thumb next to all the other scruffy residents. But when they get into trouble, it's Ursula who saves the day. 
The Scruffs Showtime

The Scruffs Showtime

Scruffs Showtime: When Itch the dog wins the Town Fete dog show, he gets himself into a little more trouble than he bargained for. With a golden token to enter Top Pet and some shifty dog show competitors involved, the other Scruffs need to make sure they keep on top of the game. With the added jeopardy of their beloved home, the Perfect Pet shop, at risk of closure; Ursula the cat keeps her eyes firmly on the prize money!  
Bear on a Bike

Bear on a Bike

Bear is delivering a present to Mouse - but how can he get there? Bear takes whatever means of transport he can find: a bike, a lorry, a bus, a trolley - with lots of scrapes and japes along the way. It's going to be a very battered present by the time he reaches Mouse! 
The Disgusting Sandwich

The Disgusting Sandwich

One day, a boy drops his sandwich in a sandpit, and the race is on! A very hungry badger wants it, but he's just not quick enough. The sandwich is dropped, squashed and slithered over by everyone from a squirrel, to a fox, to a band of slugs. Will the badger ever get his paws on that sandwich? 
School For Bandits

School For Bandits

by Hannah Shaw 
The World Famous Cheese Shop Break-In

The World Famous Cheese Shop Break-In

There it was, between The Greengrocer s and The Underwear Outfitters. The Cheese Shop. It was stuffed full of cheese stinkier than old socks. And Daddypops said just what I knew he was going to... We are about to carry out the World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In.  
Stan Stinky Sewer Hero

Stan Stinky Sewer Hero

Stan Pipe Stinky is annoyed. He's being forced to spend his summer in the boring sewer he's lived in his whole life, while all his friends are off surfing the storm drains of the Bahamas. What's worse is that his mum is making him work aboard his crazy uncle's boat, The Noodle... 
Stan Stinky vs the Sewer Pirates

Stan Stinky vs the Sewer Pirates

A brand-new adventure for Stan Stinky and this time he's taking on some pirates... It's a normal day at school for Stan and pals, until a spate of burglaries are reported - someone's been looting the sewer! 
Evil Weasel (Paperback)

Evil Weasel (Paperback)

(Paperback version) 
Sophie's Snail

Sophie's Snail

From the beloved author of Babe comes the first of six stories about Dick King-Smith's most adored (human!) character, the inimitable Sophie, re-imagined twenty years later by the witty, perceptive paintbrush of the award-winning Hannah Shaw. 
The Great Hamster Massacre

The Great Hamster Massacre

Written by Katie Davies, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw - Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award 

Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon

By Ivan Brett, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw 
Who Ate Auntie Iris

Who Ate Auntie Iris

Picture Book. Written by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw 

The Sleep Sheep

Written by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Hannah Shaw. A baa-tastic counting sheep bedtime story with a difference. 

Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All

Written by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Hannah Shaw 


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...