Little People, BIG DREAMS first came to life because author Maria Isabel had an idea—an idea that blossomed into a dream that came to life in a book series!
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara is the author and creator of the inspirational best-selling series Little People, BIG DREAMS. Growing up in the ’70s in Barcelona, her heroines were Pippi Longstocking, Momo and Tinkerbell, and she felt great admiration for the Spanish poet Gloria Fuertes. She dreamed of becoming a poet just like her one day. It took Maria Isabel almost 40 years and most of her savings to make her dream come true. In 2012, after 20 years of working in advertising, she self-published her first book. Two years later, she released what was meant to be a birth present for her twin nieces, Alba and Claudia: the very first title in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series.
At the beginning the series was first published in Spain as Pequeña & GRANDE by Alba Editorial, and now Little People, BIG DREAMS is translated into more than twenty languages. Maria Isabel likes to think the success of the series relies on the fact that children love to read real stories about other children achieving great things. It gives them the strength and the courage to believe in themselves and dream BIG. As The Independent once said: “What a cool way to drift off to sleep.”
Now with more than 7.5 million copies sold worldwide, the series continues to grow and expand, introducing children around the world to artists, trailblazers, and dreamers who each made a big impact in the world around them.
PILI AGUADO is an illustrator based in Valencia, Spain. She graduated in Fine Arts specialising in graphic techniques. Her work includes textiles, posters, editorial illustration, advertising campaigns and murals.
ANA ALBERO was born in Alicante, Spain. She studied Visual Communication at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and illustration at the University of the Arts Berlin, where she is based now.
BÀRBARA ALCA is a young graphic designer, comic artist, and illustrator from Spain. Her clients include The Guardian and Ruby Star magazine.
ANUSKA ALLEPUZ grew up in Spain where she studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. She has always enjoyed drawing and writing stories, her work is driven by story-telling.
ASUN AMAR is an architect and designer living in Madrid, who has worked on the design and supervision of several architectural projects.
MARTA ANTELO graduated in Fine Arts in Valencia, her hometown. After graduation she moved to Madrid where she lives and works as a freelance illustrator.
ELEONORA AROSIO is an Italian freelance illustrator based between Melbourne and Milan. She is known for working with bold colours, simple shapes, and naïve characters.
ALBERT ARRAYAS is an illustrator, author, and artist who has worked with many different magazines and publications. He has exhibited his work around Europe.
AMAIA ARRAZOLA lives in Barcelona. She started her professional career in the advertising world before pursuing her career in illustration. She loves typography, ceramics, embroidery and graphic design.
KRISTEN BARNHART is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Texas. Her work expresses complex emotions in a deceptively simple way. She is inspired by the in-between mundane moments of life, feelings, and the funny things that make us human.
SOPHIE BEER is an illustrator based in Queensland, Australia. She adores creating bright, fun designs with generous helpings of narrative. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring.
AMY BLACKWELL is a painter, printmaker, knitter, maker, writer, and reader. She is inspired by the weird and wonderful, clashing colours, the natural world, history, fashion and folklore.
OCTAVIA BROMELL combines analogue and digital painting to create vibrant illustrations of the inspirational people and beautiful plants of her dreams. She loves using bright colours, and playing with texture, to make striking work in her own style. She also creates a lot of work on the topic of mental health, and self esteem, drawing on her own experiences to try and understand what it means to be a human in 2020.
BROSMIND are Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. Born in Spain in 1978 and 1981. They are brothers, friends, enemies, illustrators, artists, amateur tech designers, video enthusiasts, bocadillo de fuet lovers, fathers, sons, husband/boyfriend, lecturers, occasional musicians. In 2007 they founded their studio in Barcelona where they work with all of the above disciplines through commissions, personal projects and exhibitions.
YELENA BRYKSENKOVA was born in Russia and grew up in Cleveland. She works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist. Her small pen and acryla gouache paintings are inspired by her love of home and the comfort of everyday objects.
MIGUEL BUSTOS is half illustrator / half graphic designer. He has published various comics and exhibited his work around Spain.
Cachetejack are Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul, a Spanish freelance illustration duo with a nomadic lifestyle working together since 2011.
Their illustration universe is full of colors, energy, humour and irony. The hand drawn work of Cachetejack takes a fresh and unique style working in a variety of mediums, including—but not limited to—books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawing, painting, walls and illustration.
Cachetejack combines reality with a quirky point of view to create situations and environments closer to the viewer.
LAURA CALLAGHAN is an Irish illustrator based in South East London. She graduated with an MA in Illustration from Kingston University in 2010. Her clients include The Guardian, V&A, Nylon magazine, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Pitchfork and Seventeen magazine.
BEATRICE CEROCCHI is an illustrator and architect based in Rome, Italy. Her awards include the 2017 AOI World Illustration award, and the 2018 Bologna Children's Book Fair award. Her clients include: The New York Times and Vogue Bambini.
MAI LY DEGNAN is an award-winning illustrator and teacher based in Baltimore. She enjoys creating humorous illustrations with tedious line work, pattern making, and bright colours. Some of Mai Ly's favourite things include greeting cards, pattern making, and pugs.
SVETA DOROSHEVA is a freelance illustrator working in the areas of narrative illustration, editorial illustration and art for books. She is originally from Ukraine but is currently based in Israel.
GEE FAN ENG, graduated in Visual Communication and, after one-and-half years in the design industry, decided to embark on a full-time illustration career. She is currently based in Perlis, Malaysia.
AMELIA FLOWER takes inspiration from people-watching and observing social situations and characters. She works worldwide with clients creating beautiful and effective illustrations.
ALEX G GRIFFITHS is an illustrator from London, specialising in children’s picture books and character design. The majority of his work is done by hand, using a combination of pen and ink line work and brush textures in a messy way to create a natural style of illustration. He now lives in Canada with his wife and daughter.
LO HARRIS is a Brooklyn-based digital artist who specializes in illustration and motion design. She utilizes bright palettes, strong figures and relational compositions to create work that champions vibrancy, confidence, humanity, and joy. Through her work she hopes to illustrate a more just and kind world.
MARK HOFFMANN is a children’s book author/illustrator, editorial illustrator and fine artist, and an illustration professor.
OLIVIA HOLDEN is a freelance illustrator from Lancashire, England. Since graduating in 2015 Olivia has worked professionally with a variety of publishers across the globe. Her process includes a mix of gouache, pencils and crayons to invite different textures and welcome an organic painterly naivety to her work.
WEDNESDAY HOLMES is a London based Illustrator,Designer, Writer and Queer community organiser with Voices 4 London and Far and Pride.
GINNIE HSU is an illustrator, designer, educator, and a maker living in New York. Her work is often inspired by my everyday life, nature, human living, and well-being. She loves mixing new and traditional media to create magic.
LINZIE HUNTER is originally from Scotland and now lives in London. She was a theatre stage manager before becoming an illustrator. Her hand-lettering and illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and advertising campaigns internationally.
MATT HUNT was born in Redditch, Worcestershire in 1988. Starting out as a fine artist, he graduated from the Birmingham School of Art, and from these roots, developed a love for children’s illustration. Matt works in mixed media, utilising paint, pens, crayons, and digital.
TIMOTHY HUNT is an artist based in the UK. He creates commercial digital illustration, conveying messages and concepts using simple shapes and bold colours. Even his bio is minimal.
FRAU ISA is an artist and illustrator who lives in Vienna, Austria. She paints with acrylics on canvas as well as using digital media. She runs a small graphic design company with her husband, Oliver.
CHRISTOPHE JACQUES always wanted to be an artist, ever since he was a kid. He studied at the LUCA school of arts in Brussels, specializing in illustration. Christophe graduated in 2008 and since then he has been gradually making a living as an artist. He focuses on illustrations for children and he has worked with clients all over the world. He loves to create bright worlds with lots of colors and happy faces.
ANNA KATHARINA JANSEN is a freelance illustrator, based in Germany, who graduated with an MA in illustration from HAW Hamburg. Her clients include: Google, GLAD! magazine, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Parents magazine.
LISA KOESTERKE is a German-Australian illustrator, artists, and designer. Her vibrant illustrations are often inspired by everyday life and childhood memories, nature, food and strong female characters, which are all recurring themes in her work.
MAXINE LEE-MACKIE works with ink, dry media and digital things to bring what’s in her head to life.
AURA LEWIS is an author-illustrator with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is inspired by fashion and culture from all over the world, playful colour, vintage ephemera and social activism.
ASHLING LINDSAY is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has illustrated several picture books and is currently working on her own picture book.
LUCIANO LOZANO is based in Barcelona. He collaborates regularly with newspapers and magazines and has illustrated many books for publishers all around the world.
MARIADIAMANTES is a graphic design and illustration studio whose heart, head and hands lie in Clara Mercader, an artist and designer based in Barcelona.
RAQUEL MARTÍN is a freelance illustrator from Barcelona living on the beautiful island of Minorca. Her work has appeared in different publications and she also make illustrations for her own shop catalogue.
POPY MATIGOT is an illustrator who has worked on projects for magazines, newspapers, brands and children’s literature. The digital and traditional media she is interested in – including painting, watercolour, pencil and embroidery – speak to her colourful and varied imagination, creating artwork that sits somewhere between poetry and fantasy. Her work invites you to explore this joyful universe and give free rein to your own imagination.
MANAL MIRZA is a UI designer and illustrator based in Chicago, Illinois. Being a young Muslim-American-Pakistani woman, her illustrations highlight the different identities that she juggles day to day and aims to empower woman around the world. Her Illustrations focus on using positivity to motivate her audience through a personal lens.
PAULINA MORGAN is an illustrator and designer based in the south of Chile. She holds a Master's degree in Art Direction and Comunication from ELISAVA in Barcelona, and she enjoys reading children's books, cooking, knitting, riding bicycles, and drinking tea.
ELISA MUNSÓ is a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Barcelona. She currently works, mainly drawing and designing, in her own studiogallery, The Flood, in Barcelona.
MIKYO NOH is an artist and illustrator based in London, with a focus on nature and animals. With a quirky style, she brings a new look to environmental art.
ROZA NOZARI is an illustrator and visual artist based in Toronto. Much of her art is rooted in her own identities and the communities she belongs to -- as a queer, muslim cis-woman of colour.
Judit Orosz is an artist, illustrator and animated filmmaker based in Hungary. She studied animation at MOME, Budapest (BA+MA too), where she could develop her style, made a lot of experiment with art techniques and storytelling. Her favourite part of the design process is to build a whole new universe and explore all the little details of it. She works as a freelancer in her small but nice home studio.
HELENA PEREZ GARCIA is a Spanish illustrator whose work has appeared across magazines, newspapers, packaging and books for children and adults internationally.
CAMILA ROSA is a freelance illustrator and designer from Brazil. She started her life as an artist in 2010 with a female street art collective and her work can now be found on the streets, in exhibitions, magazines, books, murals and several other media.
NATASCHA ROSENBURG was born in Germany and grew up in Spain. Though she started studying law, she knew it wasn’t for her, her true calling is creating beautiful illustrations.
CONRAD ROSET spent the first part of his 29 years surrounded by boxes of crayons, felt-tip pens, and notebooks. He now spends his time surrounded by paints, moleskine notebooks, and his grey cat.
CHRISTINE ROUSSEY is a French illustrator, currently living in Paris. She has worked on many campaigns and her work has been published in several publications.
MIA SAINE creates light-hearted, playful illustrations and designs with bold colors, minimal patterns, simplified figures, and speckled gradients.
LEIRE SALABERRIA was born in Andoain (Spain) in 1983. Currently, she lives and works in San Sebastián. She has majored in Fine Arts in Bilbao and studied a postgraduate in Children Illustration in Barcelona. Leire has exhibited her artwork in different countries around the world
ERICA SALCEDO is an illustrator based in Cuenca, Spain. She studied Fine Art at Castilla-La Mancha University, before earning a master's degree in graphic design and illustration from the University of Valencia.
ANA SANFELIPPO studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires, specialising in typography. She also lectures at the University of Buenos Aires.
Lauren Semmer is an artist, children’s book illustrator, and designer. She studied drawing at St. Paul College of Visual Arts and art history at New York University. Lauren’s bright and charming work is featured on everything from kid’s wall art to children’s apparel. She lives in Manhattan with her family.
MIRANDA SOFRONIOU is a British Illustrator living in Melbourne, Australia. Taking inspiration from travel and nature, she creates rich and colourful illustrations by hand, pairing loose brushstrokes with abundant detail.
DARIA SOLAK Proud 90s kid. Studied graphic design at Art Academy in Warsaw and Bologna. Full-time girl and illustrator. Living in London by choice.
AGATHE SORLET studied at Gobelins and LISAA. Inspired by everyday encounters and the women she meets, Agathe's vivid and informal portraits present the ultimate girl gang.
ANKE WECKMANN studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art and Kingston University. She is obsessed with characters, shapes, colours and lettering. Her illustrations are hand-inked on paper and digitally coloured.
NAOMI WILKINSON grew up in a small victorian seaside town and now lives in Bristol with her partner, daughter and dog. She spends hours obsessing over colour combinations and creating her illustrations, which are inspired by vintage children's books, lovely packaging and folk art.
KATIE WILSON is an illustrator and designer based in New Zealand. Her illustrations are sweet and cheerful, with a handmade feel.
ZAFOUKO YAMAMOTO is a children's book illustrator from Greece who also works as an architect.