Emma Yarlett

Emma Yarlett

Original picture book artwork by Emma Yarlett is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration.

In 2016 Orion and The Dark was made into a show for children by Peaceful Lion Productions and went on tour around the UK from February to May 2016. We'll keep you updated with news of further shows.

Emma's latest book, Nibbles the Book Monster has just been nominated for the 2016 Kate Greenaway Award!

Emma Yarlett was born and raised in Leicester. Having nurtured a passion for art from an early age she went on to study illustration at University College Falmouth in Cornwall. Whilst there she began working as a freelance illustrator and in her third year was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Macmillan Prize for her book Sidney and his Shadow. After attending the Bologna Book Fair, she was offered her first book deal before graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2011.

Since graduation Emma’s work has been exhibited at various shows including the Picture This exhibition at Foyles Bookshop. She has also produced a fabulous clothing line, The Cornish Tale Collection, which is currently available from What Mother Made, a handmade children’s wear label.

Emma’s first book, Sidney, Stella and the Moon, published by Templar, was longlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 and shortlisted for the Cambridge Read it Again 2014 Picture Book Awards. Her second book, Orion and the Dark, has just been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015. She is currently working on her third picture book, again with Templar, titled Poppy Pickle and this is due to be published next year. At the same time she is working on her first novelty book with Little Tiger Press, a “top secret” book project with Oxford University Press and further collaborative books with Random House.

Emma has remained in Cornwall where she now lives with her husband.

Books

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Poppy Pickle
Orion and the Dark

Illustrations

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  • ‘Now they believe me!’

    ‘Now they believe me!’

  • ‘Woolly Mammoth! Ta-Dah!’

    ‘Woolly Mammoth! Ta-Dah!’

  • ‘But Poppy did it.’

    ‘But Poppy did it.’

  • ‘It was hard work pushing everyone through...’

    ‘It was hard work pushing everyone through...’

  • ‘That's it! A Door!’

    ‘That's it! A Door!’

  • ‘Un-imagining the creatures didn't work...  at... all!’

    ‘Un-imagining the creatures didn't work... at... all!’

  • ‘Yum!’

    ‘Yum!’

  • ‘Poppy imagined far and inbetween and back to front and upside down.’

    ‘Poppy imagined far and inbetween and back to front and upside down.’

  • ‘Poppy imagined big!’

    ‘Poppy imagined big!’

  • ‘It was incredible. It was amazing. It was magic!’

    ‘It was incredible. It was amazing. It was magic!’

  • ‘Poppy Pickle's street (title page)’

    ‘Poppy Pickle's street (title page)’

  • ‘Final Poppy Pickle character study’

    ‘Final Poppy Pickle character study’