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Paul Cornwell-The Illustrator behind League in Libraries.

Written by Lincoln Jefferson & Paul Cornwell

Ever since League in Libraries started over ten years ago, Paul Cornwell from Reap Creative has developed the illustrations for the winning books. Read all about his involvement and love of the programme.

“I’m a designer and illustrator and every year, since 2011, I've had the privilege of turning the winning League in Libraries stories into illustrated books. 

The Vodafone Warriors and Warriors Community Foundation, do an outstanding job at championing reading and writing through this programme. To experience this up close and in person is always a highlight of my year.

I get to take the winning stories, conceptualise a storyboard, then create finished renderings. It’s a very enjoyable process but my favourite part would have to be meeting the winners as they receive their story, now an illustrated book, for the first time. 

Those initial moments as they flick through the pages is priceless! There’s wonder, smiles, sometimes stunned silence but most importantly you get a sense that a young life is believing in themselves and that anything is possible.

And it doesn’t get better than when the tables are turned for the 'signing session’ - the Warriors are each given a copy of the winning books and then proceed to line up and get them signed by the authors.


I can’t wait to read this year's stories!!”

You can find more of Paul’s work here:

https://reapcreative.co.nz/

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