Alex Willmore

ALEX WILLMORE is the illustrator for titles including Duck’s Ditty and The New LiBEARian. Alex has produced illustrations for a number of publishers, creating puzzles, picture books, packaging design, surface pattern for kids wear, stationery, and greeting cards. He lives in the UK.

Most Recent Book
Stop, Fox!  book

"About" from Albert Whitman Fall 2018 Catalog


Do you have a favorite children’s book?

Ohhh sooo many! I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen has been a firm favourite of mine for a long time! Big Hid by Roisin Swales is super lovely. Also the Oi series by Kes Gray.

Who is your favorite person to test story ideas out on?

My eldest Son definitely! I have my first self penned book coming out soon and it's been so fun seeing his reactions to the story as I've been developing it. It's always great to get giggles from a three year old!
I also like to show him the illustrations and ask him what everything is. When he tells me the cat I've just drawn is a bear, it's back to the drawing board!

How do your spouse and children influence your work?

My Wife and I met at university studying "Illustration for Children's Publishing" so it's always great to be able to bounce ideas off of each other. Having two young sons is a great excuse to buy mountains of picture books also!

Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

My Mum would always take me to the library when I was young and we'd sit for hours reading through the picture books... happy times.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

It's listed on the website now so I can finally reveal that I have an amazingly fun book coming out next year with Simon & Schuster written by the talented Kjartan Poskitt... The Runaway Pea! It's been an amazing text to illustrate and words can't express how much fun I've had working on it. I can't wait to show it off when it hits the shelves.

What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I love working with humorous texts. I think laughter! Reading to my two boys, there's nothing more fun that hearing them giggle at all the wonderfully funny books out there. I like to make people laugh.

Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

I do very much enjoy a walk through the countryside.

board Books

picture Books

foxes · animals · friendship · good behavior
Stop, Fox!
birds · scared · animals · facing fears · friendship
Hide and Peek (Animal Time: Time to Read, Level 1)
teamwork · moving · community · transportation
The Wheels on the…Uh-Oh!
farm · animals · friendship
bears · library · libraries
The New LiBEARian


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