When I was a little girl I wanted to either be a cowboy, an archeologist or an astronaut. I had many dreams and wishes, but the two I remember most were never to grow up and to make children's books. As a daughter of two karate masters, my life was very active. From the youngest age I trained sports and was competing all over Europe. But it was drawing that always seemed to be the only thing I was really passionate about. And one day, I simply decided to pack my bags and move to the UK to study. In 2011 I completed BA with Hons in Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton. I was honored Dean's Prize for Excellence in Visual Communications and was chosen one of Highly Commended Students at the D&AD New Blood Show. Soon after that, I have moved to Cambridge and in 2014 I have successfully completed Master's degree in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts. So far I was very lucky to be working with lovely clients including: Bloomsbury (UK), Miles Kelly (UK), Digital Leaf (UK), Sinnos (Italy), Benchmark Educational (USA), Lerner Publishing (USA), Glottogon (Australia) In 2013 the book I illustrated, "Oh! What a Tangle", published by Digital Leaf, was awarded the Golden Pinwheel award for best International children's book at Shanghai Children's Book Fair! I am not that little anymore, but my 'little' dream about making books is coming true every day.

Monika Filipina Trzpil