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

All about me

 As a small child you would always find me with my nose stuck in a good book or drawing my dreams down on paper! Things haven't changed much now apart from having the lovely job of drawing for  books using my Cintiq or Ipad. 


I studied Graphic design at Southend Art College where everything I drew had a smiley face on it. I quite literally turned every project into a child's one. I knew then I was destined to draw for Children. 


My Freelance life began in Children's magazines, illustrating for the BBC, Redan and Egmont amongst others.


With my work in Children's books with companies such as Egmont, Just and Splash for The Little Monsters books. I worked a lot in licensed characters which made me realise that I wanted to create my own. This is where my heart is


After having my family, I was driven to learn Photoshop, get my portfolio together of my own ideas and characters and head to The London Book fair, where I met with Igloo Books.

A few weeks later I was commissioned to Illustrate my debut picture book 'Catch me if you can' written by David Styring.


Since then I have Illustrated over 50 children's books publishing worldwide.


I am now extremely proud that my debut Authored/Illustrated picture book 'Bea by the Sea' published by Child's Play International is published worldwide.


I am published by Child's Play, Campbell BooksIgloo BooksAutumn Books, Top That, Egmont publishing, Booktrust and Maverick Publishing.


  I have a very strong work ethic. I love to work as part of a team to create the best project we can. I can design and Illustrate for your project or Illustrate from your designs. Whichever is best for you.


  Creating and concepts for picture books, I have sketch books brimming with ideas just bursting to get out there or I'm equally happy Illustrating your texts.


My interests lie in Picture books, Board books and Early Reader books and novelty books within Children's Publishing. I love to create characters, concepts and ideas for Picture books.



 If you are a Publisher or Agent interested in finding out more, I would love to hear from you.


I love nothing more than being busy on a project.              


                                 Will it be yours?



Ziggy the pug appears in a lot of my work. I would love to Illustrate a Picture Book one day starring him.

Joanne Byatt


Would you like to know more about my work?

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Out now!

Raccoon Rambles

4 Board Books

published by 

Child's Play




Slimycorn Published by Igloo Books is out very soon!



Bea By the Sea Published by Child's play International is  out now!



My first Early reader for Maverick out now.

Dig for Gold and Go Rocket, written by Alison Donald




4 Board books with Child's Play international out now!


 Busy Railway and Busy Beach published by Campbell books out now!


 New picture book

'A Sloth called Bob' published!

Out Now!

UK and US!




One of my Sand lion illustrations was chosen for a place in the SCBWI Pictures at Play exhibition hosted by the Half moon theatre.






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