Helene Magisson is a Children’s book illustrator, who graduated in Paris (France).

She was trained in the art of medieval illumination, exhibiting her work in Europe and teaching the history and techniques of medieval miniature in primary and high schools, both in France and in India, where she lived for a few years.

When Helene settled down in Australia, she decided to start a new career in children’s book illustration. Her numerous trips in Europe and Asia, as well as her childhood spent in Africa inspire and enrich her work. She believes that travelling is a fantastic source of inspiration.  She recently became an Australian citizen.

Helene was awarded the first prize in the illustration category at the 2013 CYA conference.  Since then she has illustrated six books (including) Magic Fish Dreaming (Gumbootspearlz Press).  The Velveteen Rabbit (New Frontier) and The Whirlpool (Wombat books.)

She has presented twice at Romancing the Stars and was a success story presenter for the CYA conference and a guest illustrator at the Big Draw in 2106.  She will soon be doing some collaborative workshops with June Perkins in Brisbane libraries on the creation of Magic Fish Dreaming as well as exhibiting with other illustrators.


Magic Fish Dreaming
written by June Perkins
published by Gumbootspearlz Press

The Velveteen Rabbit
written by Margery Williams Bianco
published by New Frontier Publishing

Translated into Chinese.

The Night Before Christmas
written by Clement Clarke Moore
published by New Frontier Publishing

The Whirlpool
written by Emily Larkin
published by Wombat Books

Happily Ever After: Princess and the Pea
written by Alex Field
published by New Frontier Publishing

Happily Ever After: Beauty and the Beast
written by Alex Field
published by New Frontier Publishing

To be released in the UK.

Her agent is Jacinta Di Mase.

Helene Magisson Facebook
Helene’s Website

Illustrating ‘Hunting for a Poem’

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Illustrating ‘Hunting for a Poem’

Further Links

Project Interview with Helene Magisson

The Story Behind Magic Fish Dreaming as told by Helene Magisson

Readilearn Interview


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