Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director.
His first self-penned picture book The Storm Whale won the inaugural Oscar’s Book Prize and was Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017. His second, Grandad’s Island, won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and was crowned Best Picture Book and overall Children’s Book of the Year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2015.
Benji studied animation at university, and has since worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been co-editioned in many languages and countries around the world.
He lives in east London with his wife and daughter.
- Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards
- Oscar’s Book Prize
- AOI World Illustration Awards
- Dutch Picture Book Of The Year
Did you know…
From the age of four, Benji wanted to be a duck. He’s still working on it.
Benji’s favourite colour is turquoise, the colour of the sea. He also likes red, yellow and orange. And blue. Sometimes purple. And green. All the greens. There are so many good ones.
When Benji was growing up his family had seven guinea pigs who lived in a stack of hutches, sitting on top of an old table, in their garden shed. The table had originally been the kitchen table from his dad’s childhood home, and that table now sits in his studio. Very occasionally, he sits at it to write or eat his lunch.
Make a Stormy Sea Collage
A fun activity to make a stormy sea collage, inspired by Benji Davies's book The Storm Whale.
Tell a Story about Life on the Island
Imagine what life would be like for Noi on the island in The Storm Whale. What adventures might he have had – perhaps with his dad, with his cats, or while his dad was out fishing?
Tell or write a story from Noi’s point of view. You could create a story map, a comic strip or a story book.