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?
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.’
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
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
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