Trained as a graphic designer, Vasanti has worked in the book and magazine industry in New Zealand for many years. She has worked as a magazine art director and an art editor for children’s books. Magazines she has illustrated for include Herald on Sunday
and Little Treasures
. She has illustrated numerous picture books including the Love to Sing
books, and written and illustrated two books of stitch-craft for children. In 2009 she acquired a Masters in Design.
Vasanti is the illustrator of The Bean's Story
, which was a 2008 Storylines Notable Book, and Hill & Hole
by Kyle Mewburn
Ice Cream Snow text by Janet Slater Bottin (Scholastic 2001).
Star Boy and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Socks and Gloves (Penguin 2010).
Weird Wabbit and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Felt (Penguin 2010).
The Boring Book (Penguin 2013)
Stripes! No, Spots! (Penguin 2015)
- 2008 Storylines Notable Book Awards Picture Books List for The Bean's Story.
- 2011 Storylines Notable Book Awards Picture Books List for Hill & Hole.
- 2011 Storylines Notable Book Awards Non-fiction List for Star Boy and Friends and Weird Wabbit and Friends (as a series)
- 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalist for Hill & Hole
- 2011 Russell Clark Award 2011 for Hill & Hole.
- 2011 Elsie Locke Award Finalist for Star Boy and Friends and Weird Wabbit and Friends.
- 2011 PANZ Book Design Awards Best Book for Hill & Hole
- 2014 Storylines Notable Book Award for The Boring Book
- 2014 New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year for The Boring Book
- 2014 New Zealand Post Best Picture Book for The Boring Book
- 2014 White Raven for The Boring Book
- Storylines Notable Book Award 2016 (Picture Book) for Stripes! No, Spots!
- 2016 IBBY Honour Book for The Boring Book
- 2016 Storylines Notable Book Award for Stripes! No, Spots!
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