Caroline Binch is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, highly commended by the Library Association Kate Greenaway Medal three times, winner of the Smarties Prize and twice short listed for the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize.
“Amazing Grace” is a popular book in the USA, winning many awards including “Certificate of Excellence” from “Parenting” magazine; “The Parents Choice Award”; “Best Children’s Book Honour Award” from Waldenbooks and “One of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year” award from the New York Times.
“Look Back”, is a picture book collaboration with author Trish Cooke published by Papillotte Press in May 2014. It has been long listed for the Kate Greenaway award. You can purchase Caroline’s books online from Amazon, from the publishers Frances Lincoln, or from Caroline herself to get a signed copy.
Caroline grew up in Old Trafford, Manchester and got a diploma for graphic design from Salford Technical College. She felt restricted by graphics and left the city for Cornwall with a horse and dog, spending two years in remote countryside drawing and painting while supporting herself with a multitude of jobs.
With a portfolio full of artwork Caroline eventually became established with the London agency Artist Partners – based in Ham Yard, Soho – where she shared studio space with fellow budding illustrators Brian Froud, Chris Foss and Alan Lee.
After interesting years of illustrating books and magazines, a year off backpacking, sketching and photographing in South and Central America and the Caribbean, Caroline became sought after for her multicultural work. Commissioned to illustrate the cover of “The Black Viking” – a novel based on fact by Bill Downey – Caroline persuaded her friend the renowned musician Taj Mahal to model for the cover. Their relationship also created a musical son who is fast becoming recognised for his incredible avant-garde drumming and is presently working with Roscoe Mitchell amongst others.
Photography has long been a passion of Caroline’s and is integral to the picture books as she works from the images taken of friends and people she meets, persuaded to play out the story. This research has entailed travelling to African markets, entering a crocodile pit, an Irish tower block estate, Caribbean beach and Appleby Gipsy Horse Fair amongst other ‘exotic’ locations.
Photos are also the basis for privately commissioned portraits of children, adults and pets; the work executed in a variety of mediums such as pencils, water-colours or oils.
Caroline is available for school visits and book festivals where she presents an entertaining showcase from story idea to finished book with sketch’s, photo’s, original artwork, projected images and stories of the adventures she has had to inspire both pupils and adults.
Caroline’s Wikipedia page: wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Binch