Award winning illustrator, artist and graphic designer, Jo Thompson is passionate about picture books. Jo won the 2009 CYA Conference, picture book illustration competition and was offered a publishing contract with Ford Street Publishing. Her first picture book, The Glasshouse, written by Paul Collins, was selected as an IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities and included in two travelling exhibitions and IBBY’s permanent exhibition in Norway. As the illustration tutor for Create a Kids’ Book, Jo inspires emerging picture book writers and illustrators in her monthly workshops, assesses picture book manuscripts, runs the picture book e-course and mentors illustrators through the creation process. Endearing characters and vibrant, dynamic layouts are a feature of Jo’s stunning work.