Ann James was an art teacher who moved into designing and illustrating education publications before establishing herself as an award-winning illustrator of children’s books. Ann particularly loves illustrating picture books and texts for young children. She works in a variety of mediums including pen and ink, watercolour, soft pastels, charcoal and collage.
She has collaborated with many authors and publishers to illustrate over 60 books, many of which have been translated into other languages including The Midnight Babies, Little Humpty, Lucy Goosey, The Way I Love You,Sadie and Ratz, Chester and Gil and the Audrey series.
Ann’s pets often feature in her illustrations - her dogs, her cats and even her goldfish!. Her most recent picture books are It’s a Miroocool! set in the Australian outback; I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, painted with mud; and Bird and Bear, birthday fun and games at the beach.
Ann, with partner Ann Haddon, established Books Illustrated in 1988. This gallery for book illustration now focuses on creating exhibitions promoting Australian picture books and their creators that travel throughout Australia and overseas. -most recently in Italy, China and Korea.
Together in 2000 they were awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award for Distinguished service to Australian Children’s Literature. In 2003 Ann received the Dromkeen Medal awarded annually to an Australian citizen for work that ‘makes a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature.’
Since 1996 Ann has represented illustrators on the Australian Society of Authors Committee of Management. She is a founding Board member of the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance whose primary initiative is selecting and managing the Australian Children’s Laureate/s. She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.