Known for her warm characters and interactive invention, Bridget Marzo  is the award-winning artist-author of well over 20 picture books.   (You can find more of her previous books, along with more  illustrations and interviews in her  Bridget Strevens Marzo archive site)



Coming next, MO’S BEST FRIEND, A STONE AGE STORY, is coming  to all good UK bookshops in February 2024!   When Mo makes friends with a little wild beast, her family are horrified.   But if this beast were to save Baby Babba from a hungry Lynx and befriend Mo’s whole family,  then what would she call him?

Publisher Otter Barry Books,  February 2024 and available for pre-order here now!  

What we all share in common, and how we grow together, is the theme of Bridget’s most recent book,  YOU, ME and OUR WHOLE WIDE WORLD, now out in paperback in 2023  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



Bridget’s is delighted and proud to have had her illustrations selected for exhibition alongside a fab line-up of top published children’s book author-illustrators  for the PICTURE A STORY festival!  Illustrations from her 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  will be on show in London at the Half Moon Gallery between September 14th and December 22nd, 2023.
Hosted, with support from the Arts Council,  by the lovely  folk at  Half Moon Gallery and organised by the dynamic Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy  (CWISL), Bridget will be hosting panel talk, Celebrate and Investigate on December 7th .
On December 9th she will be sharpening her drawing tools to create from her wide repertoire of characters on stage  for  A Big Improvised Draw at the  Half  Moon Big Family Art event day 

Bridget offers creative story making, colour and character making workshops for primary school classes, family events in libraries, museums and festivals across the world.

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

In Spring 2023 Bridget was  part of an amazing line up of authors and illustrators participating in schools events for the Stepping into Stories festival  in London
Bridget was happy to be included again in the amazing South Ken Kids Festival in 2022 doing primary school visits, live drawing and public workshops.

Over 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 latest 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,  how your ‘voice’ matters more than ‘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 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)