Emma Quay is an illustrator and author of picture books for young children, based in Sydney.
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Emma Quay - Bio Note & Awards List
Emma Quay - Bio Note and Awards List
Emma Quay (pronounced "kway") grew up in a village near Cambridge, England and has wanted to illustrate children's books for as long as she can remember. She drew voraciously as a child, and eventually graduated with an Honours degree in Graphic Design from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, specialising in illustration and printmaking.
Shortly after leaving college a selection of Emma's illustrative work was purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London for its permanent collection of prints and drawings. She continued to exhibit her mono prints In Cambridge and London, whilst also working as a freelance illustrator.
Since moving to Sydney in 1993, Emma has illustrated a wide range of award-winning children’s picture books for young children, including the bestselling ABIA Award winning and CBCA short-listed Rudie Nudie — a joyous celebration of those nudie moments between bath time and bed, voted into Australia’s Top 50 Favourite Books in 2016. Emma has been short listed four times for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, with Bear and Chook by the Sea (written by Lisa Shanahan) winning the Early Childhood section in 2010. Her books have been short listed in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Western Australian Premier's Book of the Year Awards, the Children's Peace Literature Awards, the Western Australian Young Readers' Book Awards, the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, the BILBY Awards and her picture book with writer Meredith Hooper, Emily and Alfie, won a Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Award in 2006. Emma's brand-new picture book, My Sunbeam Baby, has recently been published by ABC Books.
Emma has toured Korea speaking about her books, and regularly presents at literary festivals and children’s book conferences around Australia.
Picture books are never far from her mind, but when she’s not at her desk, Emma enjoys practising yoga, playing the flute, walking the family dog, travelling, laughing with her friends and watching her daughters dance.
Emma lives in Sydney with her Australian husband and their two daughters, and works from a studio in her home.
Awards / Honours
2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards — Shortlisted Book, Birth to 3 Years category: My Sunbeam Baby
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book Section — Notable Book: My Sunbeam Baby