Jo Byatt Children's Illustrator
Jo Byatt Children's Illustrator


 Welcome to my Website


I hope that you enjoy my website and Illustration. Please contact me if you are a Publisher or Agent interested in my work, I would love to work with you.


MATS Illustrating picture books 24 project.

This year I have decided to enrole in a few Illustration courses. I started with 'The Make Art That Sells Picturebook' course run by Lilla Rogers and Zöe Tucker which was great fun. Here is my first project about a little Red Panda that gets the Blues. Written by and text copyright Zöe Tucker.

New Board Book Publishing June 2024 with Igloo Books. UK and US.

Illustrated by me, Wriiten by Hannah Campling. Art Directed and Designed by Alex Alexandrou, Edited by Daisy Edwards.  

''It's rare to find someone as motivated and enthusiastic as Jo Byatt. She is full of ideas that she eagerly brings to the table. She has a strong work ethic and has shown great flexibility whilst working with us."


Annie Kubler Art Director

Sue Baker Editor

Child's Play

February 2024

" Jo is a Superstar! When you approach her with a new project, you don't just receive great artwork, you get the full package; a fantastic attitude, commitment, professionalism and of course quality. She's the ideal Illustrator for young children's books who not only considers what you have asked for, but puts her own spin on the brief. She is a true creative and a wonder to work with, with every email boasting Jo's strong personality. If that's not all, her ADORABLE pug Ziggy makes his way into conversation - watch out for photos because they are cuteness overload."


Alex Alexandrou, Head of Commissioning - Children's Igoo Books Ltd. July 2018.

Raccoon Rambles

By Jo Byatt. Published by Child's Play


'Join Raccoon on a walk around some of their favourite places. A celebration of life's simple pleasures and the joy of individual experiences. The route map at the end of each book can be used to develop recollection and sequencing skills.'

New work for 2024

New Book!   Slimycorn

Published by Igloo Books. Written by Stephanie Moss, Illustrated by me.

Art Direction and Design, Alex Alexandrou.

Sales spreads

Picture Hooks Runner up!

I am so proud to announce that my entry came runner up in the Hello Spring! competition. I called it Spring Emerging! The panel said that 'it made them all smile'. I hope it makes you smile too!

Exciting News!!

Bea by the Sea

Introducing my Debut Author/Illustrated picture book published by Child's Play International, Out now in the UK, US and worldwide in hardback and paperback. 

Bea loves Lions and knows everything there is to know about them. She lives by the beach, but she doesn't like sand one little bit! One day, her mother persuades her to visit the beach, where she meets a sand sculputure of a lion who is afraid of water. their developing friendship helps each of them to overcome their anxieties, but the next day the lion has disappeared! How will Bea cope? A funny and tender book about the mutual support of friendship, the acceptance of loss, and the resilience needed to accept change. 

Extremely proud that Kirkus Reviews said it was "Delightful"




"Please come in and stay awhile

I really hope to make you smile

If you are happy with what you see!

Please send an email, straight to me!"

Jo Byatt


Pictures at Play SCBWI Biennial exhibition 2019

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have won a place in this exhibition for the 2nd time, with both these Illustrations. The Space Illustration is currently hanging in the Westminster Reference Library, London. Among 30 other Illustrators until the 4th January 2020. Both Illustrations are on the SCWBI online gallery of winners.

Brand new Early Reader for Maverick Children's Books, publishing 28 th November 2019.

Written by Jenny Jinks.


My 1st Early reader, Published by Maverick Children's Books is out 28 th August 2019. Written by Alison Donald.

It is out now in the US!

More exciting news is that it will 

be publishing in the UK 6 th August 2019.

 Published with Igloo Books.

My 3rd Picture book with Igloo Books. 

Busy Railway and Busy Beach Published by Campbell Books is now out.

Cover reveal of my new books with

Child's Play International.


Publishing 30 th November I am very proud to reveal my new board book covers with Child's play.


Exciting News!


My Brand New Picture book, publishing with Igloo Books is out on the

1 st May.


Dragon to the Rescue


Hard back version available to buy in Waitrose.

Paperback version now out at The Works!


'Prolific Children's Illustrator Jo Byatt is loved by families nationwide. Following her vibrant debut, Catch me if you can, in 2014, Jo's had 27 children's books published with 3 books out in 2019. Her BookTrust title, "Bear's Reading Adventure" which was launched by HRH Camilla, Duchess of​  Cornwall, is in the homes of 400,000 preschoolers and is her proudest moment to date.'  


Credit Natasha Higgins

Pictures at Play. SCBWI Exhibition at the Half Moon Theatre, running from September until December 2017 (Now Closed!)


I won a place in this fantastic exhibition by SCBWI held last year, it was judged by a top publishing panel and I feel very honoured to be part of it.

All images copyright of Jo Byatt unless otherwise stated. No duplication or use of images without artists approval. Please respect my rights as the copyright holder.

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