childrensillustrations - Helen Cann's Latest Blog Articles View Helen Cann's Latest Blog Articles Feathers for Peacock  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     Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:56:36 +0000 The Call of the Wild 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                   Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:20:46 +0000 Diverse Voices 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- Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:42:56 +0100 Manger 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. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:43:24 +0100 Picture This 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 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:09:24 +0000