Congratulations to Yasmeen Ismail who, earlier this month, won the V&A Book Illustration Award for her debut picture book, Time for Bed, Fred! (2013). You can read all about the judges’ response to Yasmeen’s illustrations (and find out a bit more about her technique) here:

The annual V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. First established in 1972, the awards have rocketed in popularity in recent years: this year saw over 800 entrants over all four categories. Though not exclusively for children’s picture books, the Book Illustration award regularly showcases work by many highly regarded illustrators for children. This year’s list featured artwork by over 120 artists, including a number of noted children’s illustrators such as Levi Pinfold, Oliver Jeffers, Jackie Morris, Chris Riddell, Catherine Rayner, and Jane Ray.

Preliminary artwork for Time for Bed, Fred! in the Seven Stories Collection

At the end of last year, Yasmeen kindly donated artwork – including a selection of preliminary and finished work for Time for Bed, Fred! – to the Seven Stories Collection. The material gives a real insight into Yasmeen’s process and her original sketches and illustrations are simply a delight to look at. You can find out more about artwork that Yasmeen donated to the Seven Stories Collection here:

Yasmeen’s illustrations for Time for Bed, Fred!, along with artwork by the other four Illustration Award winners will be on display at the National Art Library Landing Gallery (part of the Victoria and Albert Museum) Kensington, West London until 2nd July.

To find out more about Seven Stories illustration collections or to arrange a research visit to the Seven Stories Collections Department, please email: or phone: 0191 495 2707.