childrens-illustrator-maia-walczak

Hello!

I'm an award-winning children’s book illustrator, author and artist based in Cornwall, UK. Meandering through forests, oceans, outer space and inner space, my work celebrates the natural world and the bizarre and awe-inspiring concept of existence itself. I love to tell stories that open hearts and minds, and give voice to compassion, connection, sensitivity, wonder and curiosity. You can have a look at some of the things that inspire me, my art, and my stories here

Publications and Awards

2024 – Publication of Dawn, a silent picture book by Maia.

2023 – Publication of The Black Hat (2nd edition), a children's picture book written and illustrated by Maia.

2021 – Engine House VFX created a short film based on Maia's children's book Wylder.

2019 – publication of Wylder, a silent picture book by Maia. Wylder was featured in magazines such as Psychologies Magazine, Absolutely Mama Magazine, Juno Magazine, and Cornwall Today.

2018 - Bronze Junior Design Award in Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children for The Magical Wood by Mark Lemon, illustrated by Maia.

2017 – publication of One Stormy Winter, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maia.

2016 - Platinum Junior Design Award in Children’s Book of The Year for Otis Lemon & The Spectacular Submarine by Mark Lemon, illustrated by Maia.

2015 – publication of the revised editions of four of Maia’s silent picture books: The Silent Red Book, The Silent Blue Book, The Girl with The Yellow Bag and Stray.

2015 – publication of The Wishing Well, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maia.

2014 – Maia’s debut novel, The Colour Black was published by Jacaranda Books.

2012 – publication of The Black Hat, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maia.

2011 - Maia started creating her first series of Silent Books – picture books without words – which gained international popularity and are used in schools the world over to encourage writing and creativity in children, as well as to help in language learning and speech therapy. The books have taken her on school visits all around the world.