world book day 2019

Zafouko Simopoulou Sandie Sonke Kimberlie Wong Hingyi Khong Tyeesha Bradley Elizabeth Graeber Ines de Antunano

World Book Day falls on Thursday the 7th of March 2019.

The Duchess of Cornwall, astronaut Tim Peake, singer Gary Barlow and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke have all signed up to champion the  annual celebration of the literary world. However, the occasion isn't just for space-venturing bookworms or Royal Readers to enjoy. Illustration swings open the door to the wonderful world of author's imaginations, for all to enjoy. 

World Book Day  isn't just about reciting a Dr Seuss quote; our artists have been busy rustling up friendly, digestible pieces to inspire new readers. Keep scrolling to find a curation of author portraits, YA book covers, character profiles of female protagonists; as well as pieces of literature that have been given a modern makeover. 

A punch of editorial illustration can make a dreary subject more easily accessible to a wider audience; breathing life into an article that ordinarily would lie flat.

We hope this collection of reading-themed artwork expands hungry minds to think outside of the box, this World Book Day.

Greek illustrator, Zafeiroula Simopoulou, uses traditional techniques and a muted colour palette to achieve a children's illustration style that is raw and beautifully organic. 

The same author that once declared “Books are the mirrors of the soul” is the same author that stars centerpiece in Sandie Sonke's latest portraiture. Though Virginia Woolf first published her first novel in 1915, she remains one of the most loved writers who will be still remembered on World Book Day 2019. 

Dystopian novels are so 1984. Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong's style, on the other hand, is trendy and fresh. As one of our most recent signings, she is ready and available to tackle your next editorial brief. 

Michelle Obama's chart-topping autobiography, Becoming, quickly became the Bestselling Book of 2018, despite being released only in mid-November. It's therefore only right that Hingyi Khong honours this momentous achievement on World Book Day, this year.

Tyeesha Bradley gives Black Girl Magic a whole new meaning in this enchanting character portrait. The distinctive charm of Tyeesha's work is that her protagonists' personality always radiates from the ink of the page.

A world of pure imagination can be created through unforgettable illustration. The partnership between Roald Dahl's magical stories and Quentin Blake's distinctive artwork is one of the most famous collaborations in literature history. Elizabeth Graber's loose, sketchy technique puts an abstract spin on these beloved characters. 

Stylistically simple yet endearing, Inés de Antuñano keeps editorial illustration playful. She proves that even the most complex of topical issues can be explored by bringing things back to basics.

at Illo Agency, we pride ourselves in representing a collation of global illustrators, distinctly diverse in creativity and uniquely celebrates by like-minded clients across a range of commercial markets.