Full Bio

emmaquay_photo.jpg

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 just 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

2018 First Five Forever, Fifty Books to Read Before You're Five (10 books to read before you're 1) — Rudie Nudie

2017 Varuna, The National Writers’ House, Residential Fellowship — My Sunbeam Baby

2016 Western Australian Young Readers' Book Award — Shortlisted: Not a Cloud in the Sky

2016 Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books, Better Reading Australia — Rudie Nudie

2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Shortlisted: Baby Bedtime

2014 Western Australian Premier's Book of the Year Awards — Shortlisted: Baby Bedtime

2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards — Shortlisted: Baby Bedtime

2013 BILBY Awards, Early Readers Section — Shortlisted: Rudie Nudie

2012 ABIA Awards, Book of the Year for Younger Children — Winner: Rudie Nudie

2012 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Shortlisted: Rudie Nudie

2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards — Shortlisted: Rudie Nudie

2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize — Shortlisted: Shrieking Violet

2011 Children's Peace Literature Award — Shortlisted: Shrieking Violet

2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Shrieking Violet

2010 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Winner: Bear and Chook by the Sea

2010 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book Section — Notable Book: Bear and Chook by the Sea

2010 Annual APA Book Design Awards, Best Designed Children’s Series — Let’s Play House, Friends for Keeps series

2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book Section & Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: The ABC Book of Lullabies (contributor)

2008 Early Childhood Australia’s Best Picture Books of the Year, Babies and Toddlers Section — Cheeky Monkey  

2008 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book Section — Honour Book: Dust (contributor)

2007 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Emily and Alfie

2006 Whitley Awards, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Whitley Commendation for Best Children’s Story — Emily and Alfie

2006 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Shortlisted: Daddy’s Having a Horse

2006 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Good Night, Me

2006 National Simultaneous Storytime BookGood Night, Me

2005 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Reggie and Lu (and the same to you!)

2004 BILBY Awards, Early Readers Section — Shortlisted: Bear and Chook

2004 Varuna, The National Writers’ House, Residential Fellowship — Good Night, Me

2003 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Shortlisted: Bear and Chook

2003 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book Section — Notable Book: Bear and Chook

2003 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Thank You for My Yukky Present

1999 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Early Childhood Section — Notable Book: Champions