William Grill

What books did you read when you were a child?
Apart from enjoying the usual household names, I used to really enjoy looking at the imagery in at Atlases, art books and other large coffee table books.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I would want to be the Bear from Anthony Browne’s books. I love the idea that whatever he drew with the magic pencil became real.

What is the best thing about reading?
It’s ability to transport you to another world, or to see through another person’s eyes with such little effort.

What is your all time favourite book?
Richard Scarry’s ‘What Do People Do All Day’.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Engage them in interesting conversation, getting them ask ‘why?’ more.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Little at first, in secondary school however I was taught by my mum l for philosophy, which made an impression.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
Thankfully I don’t have any just yet!

William is a London based illustrator who has worked for a variety of clients such as the New York Times, Amnesty, Harrods and Shelter. His first book Shackleton's Journey won the 2015 Kate Greenaway award and has been translated into over 14 languages, his latest book ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw’ is out now.

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