Zehra Hicks is an illustrator and author who graduated from the University of Northumbria with a 1st class degree in Fine Art. She previously worked as a graphic designer before becoming a tutor at Chelsea College of Arts. Her debut picture book, The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes (Macmillan), was highly commended for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, won the Heart of Hawick Award 2012, and was shortlisted for the Read It Again! Picture Book Award. All Mine! (Two Hoots) was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her work has been published in China, Taiwan, Korea, Portugal, Denmark, Mexico, Israel, and Brazil.

Zehra's latest picture book, Pug Hug (Hodder, February 2020), is the sweet and funny tale of one dog's desire for a hug. Pug can't seem to find a hug anywhere - Cat doesn't like them, Rabbit's too busy and Hamster too quick. Maybe Croc will give Pug a hug... or does he have other ideas?!

Zehra has a unique approach to illustration. By making use of sticks, bamboo and potatoes to create her books, she does not allow herself to be limited to pencils and paint. Sometimes her two children help too!

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