About Me

Drawing, reading and horses were my big passions as a youngster. After I attended art college in my home country of England, I ran away to sea and joined the Royal Navy. Now I'm doing what I've always dreamed of - illustrating and writing children's books.

I was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK and moved to America in 2000. Now I live and work in Maine. (I still miss fish and chips and mushy peas, but I'm learning to love lobster!). I have one dog, Toby, (who you can see in the photo), and a cat called Sleep. Toby will be featured in a soon-to-be-published book from Candlewick Press! 

If you'd like to talk to me about an illustration project, a visit to your school or library, buy a signed book or just say 'hi', please email me at hazelgmitchell@outlook.com.

My agent is Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd., NYC.

Thanks for dropping by!

Find me on line at all the usual places and check out my childhood memories blog  'Look back in Candour'.

Recent awards/recognitions include:Bronze Award Children's Books SILA Bank Street's Best of Children's Books Forewords Review BOTYA Gold Medal  Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the FamilyCharlotte/Mecklenburg Library Best Book ListChicago Library Best Book Lists.PAL member SCBWI

Publishers include:
Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Makinac Island Press, Highlights Magazine, ABDO/Magic Wagon, Kane Miller, Freespirit, Reading A-Z and SCBWI.

Latest Books
Toby by Hazel Mitchell Candlewick Press 2016
Kenya's Art (by Linda Trice) Charlesbridge Publishing 2016
I Love You, Animally (by Lynn Parrish Sutton) Kane Miller 2015
Where do Fairies go When it Snows? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2015
Imani's Moon (by JaNay Brown-Wood) Charlesbridge Publishing 2014
F is for Feelings (by Goldie Millar) Freespirit Publishing 2014
One Word Pearl (by Nicole Groeneweg) Charlesbridge Publishing 2013
1,2,3 by the Sea (by Dianne Moritz) Kane Miller Publishing 2013
Double Crossed at Cactus Flats (by Rich Williams) ABDO 2013
Hidden New Jersey (by Linda Barth) Charlesbridge Publishing 2012
All Star Cheerleader Books 1-4 (by Anastasia Suen) Kane Miller 2012
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid (by Daniel Stefanski) Free Spirit 2011