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Amy McSimpson

Amy McSimpson - Designer

London, United Kingdom


I'm a children's book designer and illustrator with over 15 years experience in the industry, specialising in both fiction and non fiction titles. I also run a successful packaging company with the highly skilled writer and editor Clare Hibbert.

Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books
Arts & Architecture & Photography DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Entertainment History Life Sciences Mathematics & Statistics Nature Philosophy Religion & Spirituality


  • Really, Really Big Questions about Religion - nominated ALCs Award for Educational Writing, 2012
  • Really, Really Big Questions White Ravens ‘Outstanding Books for Children’ selection, 2010 The Independent Newspaper ‘The 50 best winter reads’, no 5/50, 2009
  • Ask DrK Fisher Animals - runner up Royal Society Prizes for Science Books, 2008
  • Peekaboo Playtime - Platinum Award Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 2006
  • Baby Love Rainbow - runner up Booktrust Early Years Awards, 2004

Work experience

Senior Designer

Kingfisher Publishing, Pan Macmillan, London

October, 2006 – December, 2012 (about 6 years)

My role involved commissioning and project managing a number of varied and exciting series of illustrated and photographic books for children. From initial concept, visualising, styling and commissioning, through to keeping the projects on schedule, I worked on every aspect of the books. This involved discovering new talent in the illustration community, personal photography, photomontage, picture research and high-resolution Photoshop work.

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