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Isobel Te Aho-White

Isobel started freelancing in 2015, creating her own illustrated stories and selling them at markets. This put her on the radar of School Journal and Huia publishers, where she began to work on commission. Her debut book, Santa’s Worst Christmas, was published in 2019 and nominated across 4 categories in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Her follow-up book, Whiti, Colossal Squid of the Deep, written by Victoria Cleal and published by Te Papa Press, won a Whitley Award for Best Children’s Book. Since then, she has produced illustrations for several national best-selling children’s books and continues to regularly contribute to School Journal.

She has a Diploma in Visual Arts from UCOL and a Bachelor of Design (Hons) majoring in illustration from Massey University.


Selected bibliography:

Santa’s Worst Christmas, Huia Publishers, 2019
Whiti, Colossal Squid of the Deep (Victoria Cleal), Te Papa Press, 2020
Batkiwi (Melinda Szymanik), Scholastic, 2021
Takahē Maths (Julie Ellis), Onetree House, 2021
Te Papakupu Whakaahua – The Māori Picture Dictionary (with Josh Morgan, Margaret Sinclair, Ross Calman), Penguin Random House, 2022
The Astomancer (Witi Ihimaera), Penguin Random House, 2022
Matariki Around the World (Miriama Kamo, Rangi Matamua), Scholastic, 2022
Lost in the Museum (Victoria Cleal), Te Papa Press, 2022
There are No Moa, E Hoa (Melinda Szymanik), 2022
Pipi and Pou (series, Tim Tīpene), Onetree House, 2022


Whitley Award, 2020, Whiti, Colossal Squid of the Deep, Te Papa Press
Storylines Notable Book Award, 2021, Te Reo Maori, Kō Pekakiwi, Scholastic
Storylines Notable Book Award, 2022, There are No Moa, e Hoa, Scholastic
Storylines Notable Book Award, 2022, Matariki Around the World: A Cluster of Stars, A Cluster of Stories, Scholastic
Storylines Notable Book Award, 2022, Te Reo Maori, Te Kōkōrangi, Penguin Random House

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