Tallbean was set up in 1996 by Heather Richards to meet the needs of childrens' book publishers by providing a single source of specialist illustrators offering a range of styles.

The team of well-established and creative illustrators is kept relatively small to ensure the close working relationship which Heather has with each one. This, she considers, is the key to a successful outcome.

Heather was a book designer and art buyer at Pearson Education and later at Cambridge University Press Education Division, where she gained a practical understanding of publishers' demanding requirements for both quality and professionalism.

If you would like information on the work of our illustrators, contact Heather by phone on +44 (0)1728 454921, or by email at

She looks forward to speaking to you or meeting you to discuss your present or future publishing projects.

Cute character on a swing