Helen Cann / Commission
Commissioner: Wisdom Tales
Date of publication / release: 01.04.2016

 A quietly funny story of how the peacock got his wonderful tail. It starts in the depths of Winter in the days when all birds are naked! With the help of the Spring moon, they grow feathers. All except Peacock...

His friends each give him a feather of their own which eventually becomes the colourful  tail we see today. A very small gift can become something of great beauty.

Find out more about illustrating Feathers for Peacock by visiting www.helencann.co.uk



Helen Cann / Commission
Commissioner: Miles Kelly
Date of publication / release: 01.08.2016

Miles Kelly have graciously let me post about ‘The Call of the Wild’ – an 8 month project that finished finally this Monday.  The classic American novel by Jack London tells the story of Buck, forced to work as a sled dog in the harsh but beautiful snowy wastes of 1890’s Yukon during the gold rush.  He eventually hears the call of the wild and escapes to recognise it in his own heart…

Jack London himself travelled to the Yukon, living in tents and working with dog teams. The novel is full of details of the brutality both men and dogs tolerated and it’s clear much was based on real life experience.

I find it strange that I am attracted to tales set in cold places, of snow and ice, of dogs and sleds.  I too, had my own dog sled adventure above the Arctic Circle a few years ago, mushing my team of three through the dim starlit midwinter days in the awesome silence of the snow. Perhaps that is the seed of my fascination.

Read more about my experience illustrating 'The Call of the Wild' by visiting www.helencann.co.uk/news










Attached images:
Helen Cann / Award
Awarded on: 13.10.2014

I'm delighted to announce that 'Little Leap Forward' has made it onto the Diverse Voices List, celebrating the 50 best culturally diverse children's books in the UK over the past 50 years. Curated by Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children's Books and Frances Lincoln, the list is supported by the Guardian with a weeklong programme of features and articles.

For the full list, just click on the link-


Attached images:
Helen Cann / Commission
Commissioner: WB Eerdmans
Date of publication / release: 30.11.2013

I am pleased to announce the completion of my latest commission for WB Eerdmans, 'Manger', an anthology of Christmas poetry for children to be published in 2014.

Attached images:
Helen Cann / Event
Location: The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London, UK
Date: 30.11.2009

An exhibition of  contemporary children's illustrations including Satoshi Kitamura, Emma Chichester-Clarke and James Mayhew.  I have two pieces from 'The Shipwreck' on show.

For further information visit www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

Attached images:
The knight rides away with the goose girl.
Dancing ancient Egyptians
Twelve Dancing Princesses
Treasure map
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Noah's ark
Peachboy and pheasant
Sewing Inuit boots for the coming snows
Frontispiece for Through the Mickle Woods (Great B
Baboushka visits the stable.