Kadri Ilves (1977) is an illustrator. She graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in painting in 2002 and has worked as a freelance artist since then. Ilves has illustrated more than 40 books and textbooks, including over 20 for the Swedish publisher Bonnier Carlsen. She regularly contributes to the Estonian children’s magazines Täheke and Mesimumm, and has been awarded for her works in the 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books competition.
Member of the Estonian Graphic Designers Association and the Estonian Section of IBBY.
I liked doodling pictures in books when I was little. My mother did not allow me to do so which was a terrible shame because in my opinion they were in desperate need of some additional illustrations. As I got older, the desire to draw for books did not diminish but only grew stronger. This left me with no other options than offer my drawings to publishing houses. And lo and behold, some new books with my pictures were born!
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Good Children’s Book (Püttsepp, Juhani. Black Birds)
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (The Golden Book of Estonian Fairy Tales)
Autumn: Good Children’s Book (Mare Müürsepp. „Viis vaba kutsikat”)
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre(F. R. Kreutzwald. Lopi and Lapi)
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special diploma for The Most Child Friendly book (J. Vaiksoo. Uncle Heino Got Lost)
The Best European Learning Materials Awards(EEPG), 3rd place (Aabits)