Niamh Sharkey is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior’s animated preschool series Henry Hugglemonster, and the author of I’m a Happy Hugglewug, the children’s picture book published by Walker Books, on which the television series is based.
Niamh is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books.
Among the awards Niamh’s books have won, are the prestigious Mother Goose award and The Bisto Book of the Year.
Her current titles with Walker Books include The Ravenous Beast, Santasaurus and her latest title On the Road with Mavis and Marge, which won the Junior Book of the Year category at the Irish Book Awards 2010.
Niamh Sharkey is a former Laureate na nÓg or Irish Laureate for Children’s Literature 2012-2014.
Laureate na nÓg is a position awarded in Ireland once every two years to a distinguished writer or illustrator of children’s books.
Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland.
Niamh is a graduate of the College of Marketing and Design, Mountjoy Square Dublin.
Having initially worked as a freelance illustrator and designer in Dublin, Niamh’s first publication came with The Trout in the Turnhole, Benedict Keily, Wolfhound Press, 1995.
Niamh is the author and illustrator of Irish Legends for the Very Young, Mercier Press, 1996. Retelling three of the best-loved Irish legends, it is written with early readers in mind, and to be read aloud to young children.
While living in Hobart, Tasmania, at the foot of Mount Wellington, Niamh illustrated her first full colour picture book, Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, Hugh Lupton, Barefoot Books, 1998.
She illustrated three additional picture book titles for Barefoot Books: The Gigantic Turnip, Alexei Tolstoy, 1998, Jack and the Beanstalk, Richard Walker, 1999, and Tales from Old Ireland, Malachy Doyle, 2000.Walker Books.
Niamh then went on to write and illustrate her own titles for Walker Books: The Ravenous Beast, 2002, Santasaurus, 2004, I’m a Happy Hugglewug, 2006, and On the Road with Mavis and Marge, 2010.
She also illustrated Max Eilenburg’s retelling of Cinderella for Walker Books, 2008.
Niamh has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions, designed sets for theatre productions, run innumerable workshops for children and adults, lectured at seminars and festivals, contributed press reviews, and undertaken various commissions.
Niamh lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.