A shared love of books, art and children inspired Ann James and Ann Haddon to establish Books Illustrated in 1988. Together they bring a unique view to the picture book industry – librarian, bookseller, gallery director, writer and illustrator. For over thirty years they have celebrated and promoted Australian picture books and their creators through launches, workshops, displays and exhibitions, literary events and programs throughout Australia and internationally.

Both Anns received the Pixie O’Harris Award for services to Australian children’s literature in 2000. Ann J was awarded the Dromkeen Medal in 2002. The Anns each received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016 for their work in Australian Children’s Literature. Ann James was the Australian Illustrator nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2020.

Ann Haddon was a teacher librarian for 18 years, establishing the Yarra Valley Grammar School Junior Library before collaborating with Ann James to set up Books Illustrated. Actively involved in children’s literature, an executive member of the Children’s Book Council, President of the Victorian Branch and Vice President of the National CBCA Executive in 2007 & 2008.
Ann is involved with the Melbourne Book Market and projects with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Ann James was an art teacher who began illustrating children’s books in 1980 and has since illustrated over 70 books. Ann helped establish the Society of Book Illustrators in 1988; was a director on the Board of The Australian Society of Authors for 20 years and a founding director on the Board of the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation for 10 years. As an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Ann works on creative projects in remote communities.
She continues to illustrate in her studio upstairs at Books Illustrated.

1988 Beginning at Cobden Street

1990 Branching out at Beaconsfield Parade

1993 Growing at Gasworks

2009 Back to Beaconsfield Parade

2014 Biding time at Mills Street

2016 Home at Cobden Street