Svjetlan Junaković

Picture book author, illustrator and sculptor.


“Svjetlan Junaković presents beautiful compositions that are expressive and emotional,while at the same time playful, imaginative and evocative.”
——Hans Christian Andersen Award jury members

“Everything else is derived from the fact that I love to draw and that I do
it all the time and in all circumstances. In my drawings I create new worlds
which are all mine, the beautiful and the ugly, the boring and the fun ones.”
—— Svjetlan Junaković

·IBBY Honor List, 1998
·The Golden Plaque, Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, Slovakia, 2001
·Third Prize, Oita Biennale, Japan, 2004
·Special Mention, Bologna Ragazzi Award, Italy, 2008
·Finalist, Hans Christian Andersen Award, Danmark, 2008
·Finalist, Hans Christian Andersen Award, Danmark, 2010
·Nominee, Hans Christian Andersen Award, Danmark, 2014
·Image of the Book Award, 2020


Svjetlan Junaković was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1961. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan in 1985. He is a docent at Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and currently teaches at the International School of Illustration in Sarmede, Italy.

He has been nominated for three times and shortlisted twice for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. His works have been awarded Grigor Vitez Prize for the best book for five times, and have been selected for Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Illustrator Exhibition for several times. The Big Book of Animal’s Portrait has been selected into the Bologna Illustrations Exhibition 50 years Master Exhibition. So far his works have been translated into dozens of languages and got published worldwide.

The Magic Elephant Books has worked as the publisher and global agent for Svjetlan Junaković since August, 2016.

PUBLICATIONS (handling rights: all exclude Simplified Chinese)

Little Big World
Fly, Fly, Fly
Wanja and the Wild Animals
Great Book of Animal Portraits
Where is Penguin Pips
I Am Talking You About the Art of the 20th Century
Happniess is Easy Series(6 titles)
Take a guess series
My Way