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Chantal is an illustrator and writer of picture books. For a long time she worked in big offices, but she escaped to do a degree in sequential illustration and narrative, graduating with a 1:1 Hons degree in 2011. She has been writing and illustrating ever since.

Next to writing and drawing, Chantal loves her two whippets and the beautiful Wiltshire countryside in which she lives, giving her plenty of inspiration!

Together with David Hoskins, Chantal created Horace & Nim, whose first book "The Lucky Lucky Leaf" is now available, published by Hubble & Hattie Kids.

horace and nim

Chantal's latest picture book "Fierce Grey Mouse" is now available.

"Fierce Grey Mouse is a charmer" - Sunday Telegraph (digital version of the book)

The digital app version of Fierce Grey Mouse was awareded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit: "A stellar example of what happens when good art and stories [...] collide."


In August 2017 "Worzel says Hello! Will you be my friend?" - the first book in the Worzel picture book series, written by Catherine Pickles, with the help of her lurcher Worzel, and illustrated by Chantal, was published and was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Award.

Wrozel says Hello

The 2nd Worzel picture book, "Worzel goes for a walk" is now available too and was again shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards.

Chantal has written and illustrated a range of children's picture book apps. published by Tizio Publising.

Her illustrations for "The Mud Monster" were highly commended in the MacMillan Prize in 2011. She was also highly commended for the AOI Awards in 2013 for her picture book "Sebastian".

Books from the "Pojo" series, written and published by Little Creative Days, which Chantal illustrated were winners of the 2015 Creative Play Awards and shortlisted for ERA in 2014.

Chantal is represented by Hen & Ink Literary Studio and is a member of SCBWI.

To contact Chantal directly you can or call her on +44 (0)1380 816004

Praise for "The Lucky, Lucky Leaf": “A truly heart-warming story about friendship and counting your blessings with endearing humour and classic illustrations" - The Library Girl and Book Boy

Praise for Worzel says Hello!: “This book is gorgeous.!”- the Bookbag -“The pictures are so exquisitely well drawn in watercolour, it is one I will keep. Chantal Bourgonje is a clever artist!” - Dog Training Weekly - "Deftly written by Catherine Pickles in an engagingly rhythmic poetry that is charmingly illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje, 'Worzel says Hello!' is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Picture Book collections for children" - Midwest book review

Some of the publishers Chantal has worked with: Hubble & Hattie - Redan Publshing (Fun to learn FRIENDS magazine) - Inkly - Karto Oy - Tizio Publishing BV - Little Creative Days - UCLan Press Comma Press - Stuck 4 Words - UK Greetings Ltd - Sainsbury's a.o.
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