Patrizia Donaera

Patrizia Donaera – Designer

I’m specialized in children's publishing and natural history. I’ve illustrated more than 55 books, my experience spans over 35 years.


Patrizia is a published author and freelance illustrator of children's books and young adult books.
Some of the published credits of Patrizia Donaera include TADPOLES AND FROGS, NIGHT ANIMALS, DOGS, CATS, SEASHORE, DANGEROUS ANIMALS, TREES (illustrated for Usborne Beginners series) and MINIBEASTS, DINOSAURS, PLANET EARTH, MY BODY, SPACE, SCARY ANIMALS, AMAZING INVENTIONS, THINGS THAT GO (illustrated for the series "First Fabulous Facts", Ladybird Books)

She has illustrated the book “I do not want to be a little Mouse”, for the international cooperative project “ Chinese Story Seeds & World’s Illustration Flowers” written by Mr Cao Wenxuan , winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016.

In addition her last book The Legend of Jet the Gerbil, won the 2021 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Bronze Medal : Animal/Pets-Fiction , the 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold for Best New Voice and Children’s/Young Adult and the 2022 MIPA Midwest Book Award Gold Medal for "Best Illustration".
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Nature
Classics Picture Books
  • 2021 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Bronze Medal : Animal/Pets-Fiction
  • 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold for Best New Voice
  • 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold for Children’s/Young Adult
  • 2022 MIPA Midwest Book Award Gold Medal for "Best Illustration"

Work experience

Indipendent Illustration Company

Jan, 1989 — Present


Provides an informative introduction to non-fiction subjects for young readers. This title provides reading practise for children who prefer fact to fiction.
In this book, a family of Happy Face Spiders are living in the rainforest. As the baby spiders become old enough, they leave their mother to go and live on their own. Each spider promises to send their mother a post card of their adventures. Through these info... read more
Aesop's fables and tales are among the most well-known in the world. Young readers will enjoy the fun and meaningful messages behind these stories. With lovely illustrations and enchanting text, this book of tales and fables--including The Wolf in Sheeps Cloth... read more
When a mysterious Creature appears just beyond the Hollow bearing a shiny object, it is urgent news for those living within the Refuge, especially the Council of the Glade. However, for a young shrew named Thutter, and his three friends, it becomes the occasio... read more
Dinosaurs: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts Suitable for 3-5 year olds, this title includes facts that engage young children and bring their favourite interests, hobbies and obsessions to life. It shows what these prehistoric creatures looked like, where they liv... read more
Author: LadybirdPaperbackLadybird's First Fabulous Facts is an illustrated non-fiction series for 3-5 year olds. Fun and fascinating facts engage young children and bring their favourite interests, hobbies and obsessions to life. My Body is a fantastic introdu... read more
Things That Go: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts
Amazing Inventions: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts
Ladybird's First Fabulous Facts is an illustrated non-fiction series for 3-5 year olds. Fun and fascinating facts engage young children and bring their favourite interests, hobbies and obsessions to life. Space is a fantastic introduction to the solar system f... read more
Language:Chinese.HardCover. Pub Date: 2014-11-1 Pages: 36 Publisher: Publishing Co. every day a little mouse. it felt a little mouse when it is no meaning. then began a search for the journey. Stumbled. searching. finally found the little mouse wants to answer... read more
The complex anatomy, physiology, organs, and systems of the human body come to life in fully annotated, three-dimensional, cross-section models, accompanied by close-up full-color photography and an informative text."
A gentle, reassuring book that answers a child's first questions about how life begins. Follow this simple photographic story and discover the natural cycle behind the birth of a seedling, duckling, kitten, and baby.
Trees (Usborne Beginners)

Lisa Jane Gillespie

by Usborne / Educational Development Corporation 6" x 8.25" hard cover booklet 32 full colored pages Ages 6 and up more more
This exploration of night animals is part of a series introducing children to the wonder of the world around them. It has two reading levels, with a simple sentence on each page for beginners, accompanied by more complex information which can be read as the ch... read more
Why do cats purr? How do cats say hello? Which cat has no tail? In this book you'll find the answers and lots more about the curious world of cats. 32 pages.
How do dogs say hello? Which kind of dog can't bark? Why do some dogs bury their toys? Find the answers and more in this charming beginning reader, with recommended web sites. 32 pages
Dangerous Animals [USBORNE BEGINNERS DANGEROUS AN] [Hardcover]

Rebecca"(Author) ; Fearn, Katrina(Illustrator); Donaera, Patrizia(Illustrator) Gilpin

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