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Selina Young

Selina Young (1971–2006) was best known in New Zealand for her illustrations of Margaret Mahy's A Summery Saturday Morning (1998). Selina also wrote and illustrated her own stories and produced 31 books, many of them for the European market.
Margaret Mahy described her as an 'elegant illustrator' with whom she had always felt a strong affinity. The pair walked around the Governors Bay coast where Margaret lived and Selina later incorporated the things they saw into A Summery Saturday Morning.
While Selina was better known in Britain where most of her books were published, her father, Eoin Young, a motor-racing journalist and writer, brought the family to New Zealand every year for the motor racing. Selina’s first book, published in 1991, won the Macmillan Prize for children's book illustration.

Selected bibliography:
  • First Poems compiled by Julia Eccleshare (Orchard/Peter Bedrick 1993).
  • We're Not Tired (Mammoth 1994).
  • First Rhymes text by Lucy Coats (Orchard 1994).
  • Big Dog and Little Dog Visit the Moon (Heinemann 1996).
  • A Summery Saturday Morning, text by Margaret Mahy (Hamish Hamilton 1998).
  • Big Dog and Little Dog Go Sailing (Mammoth 2000).
  • Noisy Dog (Scholastic 2001).
  • The Story House text by Vivian French (Orion 2004).
  • Once upon a Ride text by Tony Mitton (David Fickling 2005).
  • All about Me: A Hundred Things That Happened to Me between 0 and 3 (Orion 2005).
  • Big Dog and Little Dog Go Flying (Egmont 2006).



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