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Sharon King-Chai

Sharon King-Chai is a children’s book author, illustrator and designer. Her book Starbird won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Shadowers’ Choice Award 2021. Born in Australia to Chinese-Malaysian parents, she moved to London in 2003. She fell in love with storytelling through music and books – and found her place working as a designer in music and publishing industries. This eventually led her to create her own books. Sharon has a great passion for experimenting and loves exploring format, narrative and new characters. She references nature a lot in her artwork and also loves using unexpected materials. Ingredients often include potatoes, blackberries, onions, feathers and sticks.

Illustrations: Animal Alphabet © Sharon King-Chai, Two Hoots; Star Bird © Sharon King-Chai, Two Hoots. Photo: Sharon King-Chai © James King