About Banana Bear Books
Banana Bear Books is the portfolio of Anna Lubecka, a London based graphic designer and illustrator, offering children’s focused graphic design, art direction, illustration and book packaging services. From initial concepts, ideas and pencil sketches through to fully set up, print-ready files.
Anna, has over 10 years experience in children’s book publishing industry, working on many different children’s books formats including: picture books, preschool, novelty, non-fiction, fiction, licensed brands, educational, gift, packaging, activity, app design and augmented reality.
‘Hi I’m Anna and I’m a children’s book Art Director and Designer. My passion is for picture books. I love working closely with authors and illustrators, putting their words and illustrations together to tell a visually exciting story, bursting with page turners, humor and emotion.
I also like coming up with ideas for excting new novelty formats, from die cuts to pop-up surprises, composing sounds for soundchips. Whether it’s art directing new characters or creating fun layouts, my passion is to bring everything together into a beautiful book or gift package for children to enjoy and treasure.’
‘In my spare time I like to draw all sorts of characters, especially bears, and try out different styles and art techniques. I’m currently working on my children’s illustration portfolio.’
Anna studied illustration, fine art, photography and graphic design, graduating with BA(Hons) in Illustration, at the University of Arts London in 2006. After graduating, she began her career as a designer in children’s book publishing, designing across a wide variety of publishing lists and age groups.
Hachette Children’s Group (Hodder, Orchard, Pat-a-Cake, Wren & Rook), Pavilion Children’s Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Nosy Crow, Little Tiger Group, Caterpillar Books, QED Publishing, Quarto Kids, Words&Pictures, SPCK, Igloo Books, Carlton Books, Dorling Kindersley, Marshall Editions, Small World Creations, AZ Books & Toys.