Danny Snell

(IIlustrator and Author)


Danny Snell grew up in Adelaide. From an early age he was fascinated by aeroplanes and wanted to be a pilot. But he soon realised that he much preferred to draw them. Drawing is something that Danny has always enjoyed, and he puts these skills to use illustrating children’s picture books.

Danny studied at the Adelaide Central School of Art and the University of South Australia graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Design (Illustration). Since then he has illustrated numerous picture books (more than he realises), including his long-term favourite, ‘Bilby Moon’. Danny also has two picture books under his belt as both author and illustrator: the environmentally themed ‘Seagull’, and ‘My Teeth’, a nonfiction picture book about (you guessed it) teeth!

When he’s not in his studio illustrating Danny enjoys sharing his books through presentations, readings and workshops – discussing their themes, the creative process and the life of a book illustrator. And to mix things up a little further he also teaches swimming…and draws the occasional aeroplane.

Published Titles

The Turtle and the Flood,HarperCollins, 2023

Written by Jackie French

One Little Duck, HarperCollins, 2023

Written by Katrina Germein

Pollination: How Does My Garden Grow?, CSIRO Publishing, 2023

Written by Christopher Cheng

The Garden on Red Gum Road, Little Book Press, 2022

Written by Phil Cummings

CBCA Notable Book 2023

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat, Puffin Books, 2021

Written by Monica McInerney

The Fire Wombat, Angus and Robertson, 2020

CBCA Notable Book 2021

ABIA Longlist 2021

Meet Mia by the Jetty, Puffin Books, 2020

Published Titles

My teeth, Little Book Press, 2019

Ozzie goes to school, Working Title Press, 2019

Somewhere in the reef, Scholastic, 2018

Let's go strolling, Little Book Press, 2018

Written by Katrina Germein

Winner of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, Birth to 3 years

Bilby Moon, 2010, Working Title Press

CBCA Notable Book 2001

Shortlisted for the 2001 Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA)

 Seadragon Sea, 2007, Worklng Title Press

 Zizzy, 2010, Omnibus Books

 You are my Special Baby, 2012, Working Title Press

 The Long Way Home, 2012, Working Title Press

 Somewhere in Australia, 2013, Scholastic

 Jeremy, 2013, Working Title Press

Winner of the 2014 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Seagull, 2015, Working Title Press

Winner of The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature 2016

Little Chicken Chickabee, 2017, Raising Literacy Australia

CBCA Notable Book, 2017