who is james hart?

James Hart is a Melbourne based illustrator, creator and children’s book maker. He launched into professional illustrating during his last year of studies in 2003. Thanks to the success of his illustrations featuring on the front cover of the popular design magazine Desktop, he was able to secure two large educational publishing clients. Since that time he has worked on many projects from toy designs to stamps (Let’s Get Active series 2009) to book illustration and animation for multiple clients, studios and publishers across Australia, NZ and the UK.

His early publishing work was predominantly in Education, text books and a number of school reader/chapter books, for publishers including: Pearson, Macmillan, John Wiley & Sons, UC Publising, Cengage, Black Dog Books, Simply Lit, Oxford University Press, & Hinkler Books.

From 2013-2015 James worked on the popular animated series of The Day My Butt Went Psycho! (designing characters and props for 2 seasons), at the same time as beginning the first of 13 books for the successful You Choose series by George Ivanoff for Random House Australia. Some of these titles went on to win a YABBA award in 2015 and were shortlisted in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Since that time James has continued to focus on his passion for illustrating, and even writing, books for children. His award winning illustrations can now be found on successful book series such as Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, The Mysterious World of Cosentino, You Choose and more

In 2018 James was the illustrator for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge posters in Victoria, Australia run by the Department of Education. James is also the illustrator and one of the official ambassadors for Scholastic’s National Family Reading Month challenge in 2019!