We love working on illustrations for children’s books, especially when they’re colourful, meaningful children’s books that allow us to work in our favourite styles. We’ve worked with Dr Tamara Pizzoli and The English Schoolhouse publishing house for several years now, on so many collaborations that we’ve almost lost count. We are big believers in Tamara’s mission to diversify children’s literature and provide representation for young people, and we love being able to contribute our illustration to her cause and bring life to her words.
Set in Accra, Ghana, The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic Goldilocks fairytale. Traditional kente cloth, West African culture and themes are woven seamlessly into the story of a boy with sun lightened hair named Kofi, better known to his friends and family as Goldilocks. Like the Goldilocks in the traditional tale, Kofi has been known to get into some trouble here and there, but it’s an unexpected visit to a neighbour’s house that teaches him a valuable lesson of a lifetime. The Ghanaian Goldilocks was the first book we worked on for Tamara and The English Schoolhouse, and the start of a beautiful working relationship. After it was self published, the book won the Silver prize in Multicultural Fiction at the eLit Book Awards, which was a great honour for our team.
We loved working on this book with Tamara, and we can’t wait to work on more of her publications. If you’re looking for illustration for children’s books, we would love to hear from you.
“Howell Edwards Creative sets the standard for beautiful, unique, catchy & effective illustration design and concept development. I've worked with the company closely on six children's books, company branding for my publishing house and media company and several websites and other projects for over three years and find their service, ingenuity & speed to be unparalleled. and to think I found such a gem on twitter! ☺️”Dr. Tamara PizzoliAuthor