Coralie Bickford-Smith
The Song of the Tree

Book Covers

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The Song of the Tree is a book that I chose to write, illustrate and design. I wanted to echo the rich history of classic book cover design, to celebrate the beauty of the physical book and storytelling.

How was the illustration used:
The illustration was used to make a book cover that celebrates the wonderful experience of a physical book for children and adults to read together. Reminding us of the importance of the role that books and the power of storytelling.

How did you make this work:
The clothbound cover with it’s delicately detailed blue foiling on a bright green binding is evocative of traditional children’s story books giving the objects a sense of a quality reminiscent of a treasured heirloom, furthering the overall timeless feel of the book. Drawn originally in pen and ink, collaged in illustrator.

Commissioner Name :
Josephine Greywood
Commissioner Company :
Penguin Books
Commissioned for:
Particular Books

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Currently Based:
United Kingdom

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a London based designer, illustrator and author. She graduated from Reading University with a degree in Typography and Graphic Communication. Now a renowned cover designer as well as the author-illustrator of The Fox and the Star (2015) – winner the Waterstones Book of the Year award 2015 – The Bird and the Worm (2017) and The Song of the Tree (2020).