Walker Books has awarded this year’s Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s illustration to Simona Ciraolo.
Walker Books launched the award in 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the company's founder, Sebastian Walker.
The award is run in collaboration with the MA course in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, and is presented annually to the most promising graduate whose MA project will be considered on a first option basis by Walker Books.
Walker said Caraolo’s is a “deeply exciting” young illustrator with proper use of colour and composition, and that her pictures are also very funny.
A selection of Ciroalo’s work can be seen on her Tumblr page.