Marta Altés is a Spanish award-winning creator of many picture books. She studied graphic design in Barcelona and then an MA in Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art where she now teaches. Her touching story of the relationship between a grandfather and his grandson in her picture book My Grandpa won the Jack Ezra Keats New Illustrator Honour in the USA.
Marta has also won the Read it Again! Award and three Kate Greenaway Medal nominations. Her delightful picture book Little Monkey was chosen by Book Trust for their Time to read campaign and her The King Cat was chosen by Scottish Book Trust for their Read, Write, Count campaign. Marta’s latest book is New in Town and is published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
You can see Marta's colourful contribution to our What Makes You Smile? project here.
- Winner of Jack Ezra Keats New Illustrator Honour, USA
- Nominee for Kate Greenaway Medal
- Read it Again! Award winner
Praise for My Grandpa
Altés employs an elegant restraint with the book’s design. The limited palette and broad expanse of white space allow the story to truly shine. Even though titles about ageing grandparents are many, this tale stands out for its stunning simplicity and avoidance of heavy-handed messages.
Find out more on Marta Altés's website
Marta Altés is performing!
Book tickets for your class to see Marta Altés perform:
Autumn performances 2023
Have a look at some Marta Altés activities:
Send a hug in an envelope
Send your grandparent a hug in an envelope, it will be sure to make them smile
Travel the World!
Travel the world from the comfort of your own living room!
What's been happening with Marta Altés?
Bookshow at Home
A-Z of Artists
Bookshow at Home with Marta Altés
Find out about Spanish author and illustrator Marta Altés, and her wonderful book My Grandpa
What Makes You Smile?
We have invited 10 illustrators from around the world to draw a picture of what makes them smile, and will be sharing one a day to get you smiling too!