Zehra Hicks

Children's author, Author/Illustrator

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Website: http://www.zehrahicks.com

07931 520 739

Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 - Nominated
Heart of Hawick Children's Picture Book Award 2012 - Winner
'Read it Again!' Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award 2012 - Shortlist
Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2012 - Longlist

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 6th Form and college


I am a children’s author and illustrator with a background in graphic design. I first started working as an author and illustrator after I had my first child 8 years ago. I have always loved drawing, and when I had my son, I kept writing down amusing things he did which ultimately inspired me to illustrate and write my first picture book! I am currently working on my 6th picture book. I always have several sketch books on the go - usually one for writing down story ideas and funny phrases my children sometimes say, one for sketching out ideas for stories, and another one for observational drawing or drawing from life.

I love going into schools to encourage children's creativity of all ages. I do workshops from Reception up to Y6, but I can also visit secondary schools, 6th Form colleges and literary festivals. I am a visiting part-time illustration tutor at Chelsea School of Art and Putney School of Art and Design on their Book Illustration Courses. I'm very happy to do assemblies and talks too. I've even been on Channel 5 news to talk about the importance of reading at bedtime, so I'm certainly not phased by speaking to a crowd!

Workshops can be catered to individual class needs, usually in class-sized groups. For Reception and Y1, after reading some of my books and Q&As, we usually do a creative drawing session which helps them explore their imagination. From Y2-Y6 we can look more into character creation, planning a story and start to look at creating their own story using words and pictures. For the older classes I can also show how a book dummy is made and bring in my first sketches and show how they developed into published stories so they can see and understand the process.

"Zehra came to Horsham to work with a group of thirty able writers from local schools. The children were fascinated by the process of producing a picture book story for younger children. Zehra’s ideas and drawings were an inspiration to them. They planned, and started to create, their own picture books, which they were keen to take home to finish. I would thoroughly recommend a visit from Zehra."
Vee Willis, North Heath School, Horsham

“Our children enjoyed planning stories with Zehra and it lead to the children enthusiastically writing their own stories. Some of our reluctant boy writers were most inspired as they were enthused by the idea of planning their work through drawings.”
Maureen Basford, Abbots Ripton Primary School

“Zehra delighted the pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 with her wonderful illustrations, fantastic stories and inspirational ideas to get them started on writing their own stories.”
Anisa Lewis, Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School

"Year 1 loved Zehra's books and the classes had lots of questions to ask her about how she wrote and illustrated her stories. Her enthusiastic manner inspired the children to develop their own ideas and they learnt about the importance of drafting in the process of authorship. An exciting and valuable learning experience!"
Helen Vidal, Stamford Green Primary School

I live just outside London in Epsom, Surrey, but I have travelled as far as Scotland for school workshops. My fees are £350 a day (max 5 hours) or £250 half day (max 3 hours) + travel (and overnight accomodation if necessary). I am very happy to do signings either over lunch or after the event (allow for 30 mins - no fee).

Giraffe and Frog (isbn:978-1509814176)
A bold, funny book about friendship and (not) listening.
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Flying Lemurs (isbn:978-1447286653)
A funny, reassuring story about overcoming fears and discovering hidden talents.
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All Mine! (isbn:978-1447279624)
With striking artwork and hilarious slapstick humour, this delicious comic caper will delight children and parents alike.
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes (isbn:978-0230748415)
A minty-fresh and funny book, guaranteed to give readers a naturally sparkling smile!
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The Girl Who Loved Wellies (isbn:0230748589)
A puddle-jumpingly funny book!
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