Marta Altés

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.

Kirkus Reviews


Watch Marta Altés read her story Little Monkey

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