Hannah Peck

Hannah Peck

Children's Author & Illustrator

Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview


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


Adventure, Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Mystery, Narrative, Picture book

Book types

Fiction 5-9


  • Shortlisted for V&A Awards, 2022
  • Shortlisted for Alligator's Mouth Award, 2022



I've been working freelance in publishing for 7 years, starting as a picture book illustrator before expanding my practise to include other forms of children’s fiction. I've illustrated over 30 book covers, 10 fiction titles, 7 picture books, and began my career as an author with my debut series, Kate on the Case, (Piccadilly Press). The third and final book, The Headline Hoax, was published in Jan 23. 

The series has been really well received, and was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2022, The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2022, and included in a Waterstones’ list of best new children’s fiction. 

Alongside this, I've hosted a number of illustration workshops for both children and adults, details of which are listed below. I’m happy to repeat any of these, or create an event specific to your needs. 

Workshop experience (adult): 

I am a mentor with Pathways Into Children’s Publishing, a course for artists with diverse backgrounds, specifically artists of colour, disabled artists, neurodivergent artists and artists with UK refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds aged 21 and above. I have led a day-course on colour and composition for picture books, and am due to host another another masterclass with Pathways this coming year on book cover illustration. These workshops offer hands-on tasks, advice from industry experts, and designed so mentees can build a well-rounded and relevant portfolio. 

I will also be putting on a workshop with Orange Beak Studio in July on children’s fiction. This will focus on the balance between writing and image-making when it comes to fiction, and is also aimed at students / adults. 

Workshop experience (children):

Young Writers Workshop: Mostly Books, 2022. (Aged 8-16). This was a 3 hour long workshop focused on building a plot using the hero’s journey as a framework. Participants left with their own plot, a written scene, and an illustration to go with this.  

I have also done readings from Kate on the Case followed by an activity and Q&A’s at The Book Nook in Hove, Churchill Garden’s Primary School in Pimlico, Rupert House School in Henley-on-Thames, and Hamburg LitFest, 2022. 

Areas of expertise:

As an author and illustrator I feel I’m in a unique place to speak to both sides of what it takes to make a captivating children’s book. The balance between words and design, creating compelling characters,  writing dialogue,  book covers, composition, working with publishers and designers, the process of publication; these are all things I can talk confidently about. 

Travel & Fees:

I live in London but am willing to travel anywhere! Fees are based on Society of Authors recommendations. 

Books by Hannah Peck

Kate on the Case

Kate on the Case

Discover the first brilliant adventure of reporter-in-training KATE and her mouse RUPERT, in this stunning book, filled with colourful illustrations. Young reporter-in-training Kate and her mouse-accomplice Rupert are on board a train to visit Kate's mum in the Arctic. But as soon as the train departs, mysterious things start happening. A packet of ginger nuts goes missing . . . A collection of gymnastics trophies are stolen . . . And some ancient scrolls disappear . . . Fellow passenger Madame Maude seems the most likely culprit, until a surprising - and delicious - twist turns the whole investigation on its head! 
Kate on the Case: The Call of the Silver Wibbler

Kate on the Case: The Call of the Silver Wibbler

When Kate and her mouse-accomplice Rupert sail through the jungle home of the legendary Silver Wibbler, they know there's a story to be sniffed out. Why else would the Bird Brigade be on board? Their fearsome leader General Hornbill is convinced the Wibbler is a myth but young Bird Brigader Bertie is determined to prove him wrong. Can Kate help Bertie uncover the truth? Full steam ahead for friendship, mystery and some ruffled feathers... A hilarious new mystery, packed with illustrations! 
Kate on the Case: The Headline Hoax

Kate on the Case: The Headline Hoax

Kate receives a VIP invitation to the headquarters of newspaper THE LOOKOUT POST to help her hero, top reporter Catherine Rodriguez! But Kate's dream-come-true begins to sour when she discovers that all is not as it should be at the newspaper. Will Kate be able to make the scoop of the century? It's going to take all the courage she's got . . .