• Karen Blair grew up in Perth, Western Australia enjoying a childhood of playing, imagining, drawing and writing. Not much has changed! She loves illustrating people and animals. Karen lives in Fremantle, Western Australia with her cat, husband 2 children.She teaches art part-time at a primary school.


  • To date I have had 10 books published. I love creating characters young and old, and use a variety of media such as charcoal, pastel, watercolour and gouache. My published titles to date are Baby Animal Farm (Walker Books ANZ, Candlewick Press USA 2014 ), With Nan (by Tania Cox, Windy Hollow Books), Granny Grommet and Me (by Dianne Wolfer, Walker Books ANZ) Baby Beats (Walker Books UK and ANZ) Hello From Nowhere (by Raewyn Caisley Penguin/Viking Aus), Our Baby (by Margaret Wild, published by HarperCollins) Something Wonderful (Penguin/Viking Aus), Me and You (Penguin/Viking Aus), Puddle Hunters (by Kirsty Murray, Allen and Unwin), Lemonade Jones (by Davina Bell, Allen and Unwin). With Nan and Granny Grommet and Me were both shortlisted for the CBCA Awards, With Nan won an Honour Award. Hello From Nowhere (by Raewyn Caisley, Penguin Books Aus) won the 2015 SCWBI Crystal Kite award for Australia/NZ. Something Wonderful and Our Baby won the Speech Pathology Book Award for 3-5 year olds. 

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