Helen Kellock

Helen Kellock is an award-winning illustrator and writer based in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2018 with a Distinction in her Illustration Masters and has since won The Batsford Prize 2018, Children’s Illustration, and been highly commended for both The Macmillan Book Prize 2018 and The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2018. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018.

Helen loves drawing, narrative and making picture books. Her debut picture book, The Star in the Forest, was published by Thames and Hudson in 2019, followed by Out to Sea in 2021.

Helen’s website:
Twitter: @HelenKellock
Insta: @helenkellock

Helen Kellock is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy –

Books by Helen

Scotland, The People, The Places, The Stories by Chae Strathie

Helen Kellock has illustrated a chapter on Haunted Scotland in the book, Scotland: The People, The Places, The Stories by Chae Strathie. Published by Scholastic, April 2023.

Out to Sea

Thames & Hudson, January 2022

A heart-felt story about learning to cope with anxiety and grief. Beautifully illustrated and written with sensitivity, this moving tale shows readers how they might ride the waves of emotion without losing perspective.

Praise for Out to Sea:

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Illustrated Books 2022

‘One of the most gorgeous picture books I have ever seen. Dreamy.’
–David Walliams

‘A sustained marine metaphor for coming to terms with grief, its moody watercolour art buoying the reader along to an uplifting ending’
–Financial Times

‘A moving and uplifting reflection on love and loss for young children’
–Scottish Book Trust

The Star in the Forest

Thames & Hudson, September 2019

One evening in the fall, sisters Pip and Maisie are sitting in their grandparents’ cosy cottage on the edge of a forest. Maisie is restless and longs for adventure, but life at the cottage is always slow. When a bright light suddenly falls from the sky into the forest next door, Maisie can’t believe her luck—finally, an adventure has come her way! She has boots on and flashlight in hand before Pip has even put down her book.

With enchanting illustrations, this delightful debut picture book is sure to enchant children and parents alike.

Praise for The Star in the Forest

‘An atmospheric debut’
–The Bookseller

‘A charming, gorgeously illustrated ode to sisterhood, adventure, and mindfulness.’
–Kirkus Reviews

‘The book absolutely shimmers with light. The sisters, the forest, the star – all seem to glow on the page. There is a star in this beautiful book!’
–Jessica Love, creator of Julian is a Mermaid

Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020