About & Info

Amanda Hall is an award-winning illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book illustrations. She is also highly regarded for her work in the educational and adult design markets both in Britain and America. She excels at capturing the visual worlds of different cultures, their peoples, animals and landscapes as well as their spiritual traditions. Amanda exhibits her original illustrations at Chris Beetles Gallery St James’s, London.


UK Clients Anova Children’s Books . BBC Enterprises . Barefoot Books Ltd . British Telecom . CUP . Cosmopolitan Magazine . Dorling Kindersley . Frances Lincoln Ltd . Lion Hudson plc . Little Tiger Press . Longman . Macmillan Publishers Ltd . OUP. Radio Times . Reed Educational . Templar Publishing . The Guardian . New Internationalist


US Clients Balzer & Bray . Barefoot Books . Carus Publishing . Eerdmans Books for Young Readers . Hampton Brown . Harcourt School Publishers . Heinemann . High Five Magazine . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt .  McGraw-Hill . National Geographic School Publishers . Nelson Education . P J Library . Reader’s Digest . Rigby . Scholastic . Sleeping Bear Press


Europe Clients  France: Hachette Livre


Co-editions  Australia: Scholastic . Brazil: Edicoes Rosari . Martins Fontes . Canada: Scholastic . China: Religious Education Resource Centre . Rock House Publishers . Czechoslovakia: Czech Bible Society . Denmark: Forlaget Sesam . Gyldendal . Hjulet . Finland: Kustannus Oy Arkki . Excelsis . La Colonie Des Griffons . Libarary Grund . Germany: Brunnen . Herder . Pattloch . Greece: Ammos Publishing . Holland: C.de Vries – Brouwers . ECI .  Italy: Il Pozzo Di Giacobbe .  Israel: Pa’amon Books in Yan Hamelach .  Japan: Zenkaken . Korea: Better Books . Daekyo Bertelsmann . Glenndoman . Great Books . Kookminbooks . Korea Dewey . Youngkyo Publishing . Mexico: Editorial Trillas . New Zealand: Scholastic .  Norway: Hermon . Poland: Wydawnictwo .  Portugal: Atlantico Press . Livros Horizonte .   Spain and Catalonia: Elfos Edicions . San Pablo . South Africa: Human and Rousseau . Sweden: Hjulet . Libris . Taiwan: Yuan-Liou Publishers .  US: Abbeville . Barron’s Educational . Candlewick Press . Dial Books . Eerdmans Books for Young Readers .


“Amanda has developed a technique which allows her to produce illustrations that are brimming with colour and decorations. Her work is characteristically vivacious, bright and full of movement, overflowing with designs that take on an almost three-dimensional quality. She cites the myths, legends and fairy tales of cultures from all over the world as her inspiration for the fantastical and magical creatures that she produces. Indeed, the powerful artistic and historical inheritance of India, North and South America and Europe, is evident in much of her work, which often has an inherently indigenous quality. Amanda lives and works in Cambridge, creating her illustrations in a timber shed at the bottom of her garden that she has named ‘The Shadowhouse’. When she is not working as an illustrator, she also performs as a singer.”
Eleanor Hall for Chris Beetles Gallery


Amanda is a member of the following organisations:

Society of Authors

Association of Illustrators ~ then click on Amanda Hall

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Cambridge Open Studios



Awards & Selections

The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales

  • The 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Awards: Notable Books for Older Readers


In Andal’s House

  • Storytelling World Resource Awards: Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners honors selection 2014
  • Bank Street College Best Children and Young Adult Books of 2014


The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

  •  Winner of the PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2012
  • Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award Spring 2013 Picture Books
  • Vermont Red Clover Award Nominee 2013 – 2014
  • Capitol Choices 2013
  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of 2013
  • Society of Illustrators “The Original Art” Annual Exhibition 2012
  • New York Public Library: Children’s Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Junior Library Guild selection 2012
  • About.com: Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year 2012
  • Fuse # 8: 100 Magnificent Children’s Books for 2012
  • Booklist: Top Ten Arts Books for Youth


Robi Dobi The Marvellous Adventures of an Indian Elephant

  • Winner of the US Parents’ Choice Silver Award 1997 ‘A 1997 Illustrated Book Honor’


Lion Classic Aesop’s Fables

  • Highly Commended in the Junior Design Awards best classic picture book 2012


The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales

  • Short listed for the International Reading Initiative 2003