Benji Davies

Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director. His first self-penned picture book The Storm Whale won the inaugural Oscar’s Book Prize and was Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017. His second, Grandad’s Island, won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards and was crowned Children’s Book of the Year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards. Both books have since been adapted for the stage. Grandad’s Island is available in over 35 languages, a testament to how it’s story resonates across generations and continents. 

Find out more about the people and places that inspired Benji Davies to create Grandad’s Island, including the streets and green spaces of Waltham Forest, in the Picturebook Makers blog.

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Image credits: James Robertshaw