Ken Wilson-Max


Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author, illustrator and publisher of children’s books. His books are naturally inclusive, and his distinctive style always manages to capture special moments between children and grown-ups. He has over 70 books published in many languages worldwide.

He was born in Zimbabwe and lives in London.
Ken started his publishing career as a junior designer at Orchard Books in 1987, moving on to BBC Enterprises and then David Bennet Books. By the early 1990s he had developed a few book ideas and his first books (The Sun is a Bright Star and the ground-breaking interactive book Big Yellow Taxi) were published in 1994.

Up until 2017, Ken was the only black male author/ illustrator in the UK, and he is listed as one of 150 important Children's Books creators by the African American Literature Book Club in the US.


Ken is amongst the 100 Breaking New Ground British writers and illustrators of colour and is a mentor for the Pathways into Children's Publishing program. He has over 70 children’s books in his unique illustration style published by over 15 international publishers in many languages worldwide.


In 2020 his book, Astro Girl won the STEAM award for early years picture books. Of his other books, Where's Lenny? was listed in 50 Best Culturally Diverse Children's Books by The Guardian. Several of his books are included in the core books list of CLPE and BookTrust for early years education.The Drum, The Flute, Lenny and Wilbur and Where’s Lenny? are some of his most recent works. In 2017 he became owner/ publisher at Alanna Max and hopes to continue refining his inclusive approach alongside other talented creators.


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