Zehra Hicks is an illustrator, writer and designer. After graduating from the University of Northumbria with a first class degree in Fine Art, Zehra worked as a graphic designer. She is now a tutor at Chelsea College of Arts, where she completed a Short Course in Book Illustration in 2009.

Her first published picture book, The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes (Pan Macmillan), was highly commended for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, won the Heart of Hawick Award in 2012, and was shortlisted for the Read It Again! Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award. Her third picture book, 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.

Flying Lemurs and Giraffe and Frog are out now from Two Hoots.

Zehra lives with her family in Epsom, Surrey.  She has a unique approach to illustration: 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.

Giraffe and Frog is shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2018 and the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2018.

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