Ann James Ann James i(A9511 works by) (a.k.a. Ann Catherine Stewart James)
Born: Established: 1952 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Ann James grew up in Ringwood, Victoria, and was educated at Norwood Primary School and Tintern Girls School.

An illustrator who trained as an arts and crafts teacher, James taught at Doveton and Ringwood High Schools before being seconded to the Publications Branch of the Education Department of Victoria where she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator of educational publications from 1978.

James's involvement with children's books began when she entered a competition with colleague Gwenda Smythe for unpublished authors and illustrators in 1981. The book they entered was A Pet for Mrs Arbuckle and it launched her into a successful career in illustration. James has illustrated for many well known Australian authors and is perhaps best known for her design and illustration of Robin Klein's four Penny Pollard books, which were published between 1983 and 1988. Whilst working with the Penny Pollard books, James found time to illustrate numerous other books, including Bernice Knows Best, by Max Dann, for which she won the Children's Book Council of Australia Junior Book of the Year Award in 1984. She has since had many of her illustrated books shortlisted for awards.

James also co-directs Books Illustrated, a gallery which has year-round exhibitions solely devoted to children's books. There are exhibitions of original illustrations by Australian children's book illustrators, and schools and college groups visit for tours, talks and demonstrations by illustrators. James has also published a book on illustrating, Making Pictures: Techniques for Illustrating Children's Books (with Ann Haddon, 1996).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to children's literature as an author and illustrator, and through advocacy roles with literacy and professional bodies.
2002 Dromkeen Medal
2001 joint winner Leila St John Award

Awards for Works

I'm a Hungry Dinosaur 2015 single work picture book children's

'From award-winning author and illustrator team, Janeen Brian and Ann James, comes this gorgeous new rhyming picture book about our favourite little dinosaur (I'm a Dirty Dinosaur), who is now hungry for cake. Ann James has had fun painting with flour, cocoa, icing and 100s and 1000s with adorable results that will inspire lots of rumbling tummies and cake making!

'Bright simple illustrations, card pages and rounded corners make this a perfect book for the very young.

'Shake, stir, mix, bake . . . . This little dinosaur just loves cake!'

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Birth to 3 Years
I'm a Dirty Dinosaur 2013 single work picture book children's 'Stomp, splash, slide, dive ... This little dinosaur just loves mud! ' (Publisher's blurb)
2014 winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Birth to 3 Years
2014 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
It's a Miroocool 2012 single work picture book children's 'Audrey lives in the outback, so when she loses her first tooth, she's worried the tooth fairy will never find her! How will she let the tooth fairy know where she lives... and what will the tooth fairy leave her?' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
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