Laura originally trained as an illustrator and has worked in book design and editorial roles. Her research specialisms are in children’s picturebooks and artists' books.
She is Course Director of the world’s first MA Children’s Publishing, launching in October 2018. She has developed new modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including Children’s Publishing, Experimental Book Making, Experiments in Print and Production, Story Lab (with Lee Scott, Creative Computing) and Visual Sequential Narrative.
Before joining Bath Spa University, she worked for an international newspaper, for Thomson Reuters, and in educational publishing. In 2012 she founded a small fine art press, the Pink Parrot Press. Her artist's books have been acquired by national collections including the Tate, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the BALTIC.
Laura runs Make a Little Book workshops for children that encourage creativity in drawing, writing, and making books.
- PhD Anglia Ruskin University
- MA Camberwell College of Art
- BA Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education (Bath Spa University, 2016).
- Children's Literature Association
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Children's publishing
- Picturebook design and illustration
- Experimental book-making
- Small presses and artists' books.
Laura's research interests include children's picturebook illustration, artists' books, typography, book design, and the integration of words and pictures.
She is currently researching avant-garde picturebooks from the early twentieth century.
Research and academic outputs
Little, L (2021) 'Publishing challenging picturebooks.' In: Ommundsen, A.M, Haaland, G and Kümmerling-Meibauer, B, eds. Exploring challenging picturebooks in education: international perspectives on language and literature learning. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780367856250 (Forthcoming)
Little, L (2016) 'Shaping pictures: picturebook narrative from an illustrator's perspective.' In: Lieber, G and Uhlig, B, eds. Narration Transdisziplinäre Wege zur Kunstdidaktik. Kopaed, Munich, pp. 235-248. ISBN 9783867361453
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Visual design of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator
Little, L (2013) 'Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Visual design of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator.' In: Tavares, P, Mota Teixeira, P and Male, A, eds. CONFIA: 2nd International Conference on Illustration & Animation [proceedings]. IPCA, Porto, pp. 135-146. ISBN 9789899756762
Creation as a method of enquiry: reflections on practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration
Little, L (2017) 'Creation as a method of enquiry: reflections on practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration.' Journal of Illustration, 4 (2). pp. 173-185. ISSN 2052-0204
Little, L, Arthur, S, Tonks, H and Pauwelijn, G (2018) Publishing picturebooks: design and editorial decision-making for a global industry. In: Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work, 6 - 8 September 2018, University of Cambridge, UK.
Little, L (2017) All the better to see you: depictions of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. In: Transmedia UK: Sector by Sector, 24 November 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.
Little, L (2017) Children making picturebooks: creating and curating words and images. In: iJADE Conference: Art and Design as Agent for Change, 16 -17 November 2017, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.
Little, L (2016) The golden ages of children's publishing. In: Impressions at Galway International Arts Festival, 11 -24 July 2016, Centre for the Creative Arts & Media, Galway, Ireland.
Little, L (2015) Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration. In: 22nd Annual IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference, 14 November 2015, Roehampton University, London, UK.
Words as pictures: a practice-based investigation on the use of typography in children’s picturebooks
Little, L (2014) Words as pictures: a practice-based investigation on the use of typography in children’s picturebooks. In: Words and Pictures Conference, 2014, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Little, L, Morgan, P, Fahey, T, Kang, J, Sailsbury, M and Palmer, B (2014) Pen to page: making and creating books. In: The 2nd Limerick International Publishers' Salon (LIPS 2), 7 -11 October 2014, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland.
Little, L (2014) Pen and ink: examining narrative in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator. In: Pictures and Narrative Conference, 2014, Liestal, Switzerland.
Little, L (2013) Visual pacing of narrative in a children's picturebook. In: Myth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts Conference, 16 November 2013, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Depictions of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of the illustrator
Little, L (2013) Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Depictions of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of the illustrator. In: CONFIA 2013: International Conference on Illustration and Animation, 29 -30 November 2013, Porto, Portugal.
Little, L (2021) Making Books: Character Design and Narrative in Illustration (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection].