Picturebook Makers


Twelve of the world’s finest contemporary picturebook makers take us behind the scenes. Be inspired and discover the immense creative potential of this unique and dynamic art form.


ISBN: 9781739979201 Category:

Sam McCullen


What exists in the space between the words and the pictures? How do the stories unfold? What happens between the first sketch and finished picturebook?

Twelve of the world’s finest contemporary picturebook makers generously share their experiences, challenges, doubts, sketches, illustrations, and invaluable insights into their creation process. They reveal the complex and time-consuming work that happens behind the scenes, in service of their stories and their readers.

An inspiring collection of picturebook knowledge for anyone interested in this unique and dynamic art form. The editor of the book is Sam McCullen, who runs the Picturebook Makers blog and the picturebook platform dPICTUS.

PICTUREBOOK MAKERS reveals the picturebook’s immense creative potential, and celebrates outstanding international picturebooks and their creators.

Featuring Jon Klassen, Kitty Crowther, Beatrice Alemagna, Shaun Tan, Eva Lindström, Blexbolex, Chris Haughton, Suzy Lee, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Isol, Manuel Marsol, and Johanna Schaible.

Additional information

Weight 751 g
Dimensions 20.8 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 3 May 2022
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.8 x 24.8 cm
Weight 751 g


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Sam McCullen is a British illustrator, author and designer. He studied at Cambridge School of Art, and since graduating has worked on a variety of illustration and publishing projects. He is the co-founder of dPICTUS, a curated platform where international picturebook publishers and agencies showcase outstanding projects, discover emerging talent, and make new publishing connections. Sam also runs the Picturebook Makers blog, where many the world's finest picturebook makers talk about the creation of their books.