Bridget asking chidlren to imagine living in the Stone Age

Bridget Marzo  is an artist and bilingual, award-winning author-illustrator  of nearly 30 picture books published across the world.  She loves sharing her love of picture books and art and with children of all ages at schools, festivals and workshops in London, Cambridge and in France.


A young Stone Age girl and her new dog friend holding a stick and ready for an adventure!

MO’S BEST FRIEND, A STONE AGE STORY  is now out in the UK with Otter-Barry books (and is coming to the US in June 2024)

“this immersive, beautifully illustrated picture book tells a sweet tale of stone age family life – & a new four-footed addition”  The Guardian Children’s – Best New Picture Books and Novels

“This engaging picture book brings the Stone Age to life… spectacularly atmospheric illustrations..expressive language. Highly recommended.”  
Mo’s Best Friend: A Stone Age Story (Bridget Marzo, Otter-Barry) uses up-to-date archaeological research to tell an imagined story about a curious and empathetic Stone Age girl, Mo, and the very first dog to befriend humans… The onomatopoeic text, depiction of family life, and friendly illustrations make this an accessible introduction to the Stone Age. #phoebespicks  Centre for Literacy in Primary Education  

More about this book here  with some home and class activities here.

More about events here.

What we all share in common, and how we grow together, is the theme of Bridget’s previous book,  YOU, ME and OUR WHOLE WIDE WORLD, now in paperback  with Walker Books UK.  Selected by Candy Gourlay as her author’s choice of Best Book of the year for Booktrust :  ‘a tonic for a generation …. Bridget Marzo builds a kind, all embracing world with every stroke of her brush, shining a bright light filled with hope. This is a book to treasure.’

A circle of people of all kinds and ages hand in hand around the title and 2 crawling babies

First published by Walker Books UK, July 2022



for more details of what Bridget offers,  go to the  Events Page 


Bridget's activities with children at the Family art day in Half Moon theatre London December 2023

Bridget at the Big Family Art Event in Half Moon theatre, London, December 2023

Bridget was  delighted and proud that the lovely folk at the amazing Half Moon Theatre and Gallery  voted to acquire her illustration from  You, Me & Our Whole Wide World for their permanent collection.
Framed illustration of people awake and sleeping across the world from You, Me and Our Whole Wide World

‘You, Me & Our Whole Wide World’ chosen by Half Moon theatre from the exhibition

It was part of the selected show of work by top published children’s book author-illustrators  for the PICTURE A STORY festival.https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/whats-on/half-moon-gallery/picture-a-story hosted by Half Moon with support the Arts Council and organised by the
Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy  (CWISL).  Framed prints from Bridget’s forthcoming book Mo’s Best Friend, A Stone Age Story  as well as You, Me & Our Whole Wide World and  Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw  on show in London until December 22nd, 2023.
Bridget was also part of a panel talk about illustration careers with Ken Wilson-Max,  Steve Antony and agents from Plum agency  Celebrate and Investigate  and drew live on stage from children’s brilliant story suggestions in her  Big Improvised Draw at the  Half  Moon Big Family Art event

Bridget offers other events likes this for primary school classes, family events in libraries, museums and festivals across the world including creative story making, colour and character making workshops She  works with individual mentoring and all sizes of groups –  her record was getting around 1000 children and teachers  drawing at the Beijing Bookworm Festival in 2016.

Thanks to her years teaching  illustration and colour theory at Parsons Paris School of Design, and her former role as the first International Illustrator advisor for SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,  she has also had long experience of giving talks and mentoring aspiring picture book makers.   For more more details visit  Events

Bridget was part of an amazing  line up of authors and illustrators for the Stepping into Stories festival in Herne Hill,  London
Here’s a report about her work and meetings at  South Ken Kids Festival in 2022 .  As she’s written and illustrated books for France as well as the UK she’s been lucky to have been invited to  several SKKF festivals, doing primary school visits, public workshops and doing live drawing on stage.

During the covid lockdown  Bridget co-ran a series of story making workshops for the Mini Shout! virtual festival with the fab CWISL team of  Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy

Over the years Bridget has participated in many discussions and given talks about the craft and career of children’s book illustration…

This one was online alongside the brilliant US author-illustrators Barbara McClintock, Juana Martinez-Neal and Pat Cummngs with  New York illustration students at the Pratt Institute  and Parsons New York.

Bridget’s favourite topics are about visual literacy,  Voice over Style and ‘Mice, Mothers and Others’, a popular look at how mothers and more are represented differently in  books from different countries , a talk she first gave for the AoI, the UK Association of Illustrators.

Bridget’s books have been published in many co-editions across the world from the Australia to the US, Catalonia and Spain to Japan and South Korea – and also in China…

Here is  the Chinese edition of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw published by Citic Press, Beijing.  It’s stamped in gold with the words ‘Artistic Enlightenment Picture Book for Children’!

In 2018 Bridget was proud to be one of 45 illustrators led by Axel Scheffler contributing visions of Europe in the book Drawing Europe Together (Macmillan), and in an exhibition that toured around the UK, France, Germany and Ireland


Europe in a Tree ©Bridget Marzo, gouache on tinted paper in Drawing Europe Together, published by Macmillan

Drawing Europe Together (Pan Macmillan)