Hannigan, Jess (Hamilton, ON)

Jess Hannigan is a writer and illustrator making picture books, editorial artwork, and more in Hamilton, Ontario. Spider in the Well is her first picture book. It’s a JLG Gold Standard Selection as well as a Kids Indie Next List pick. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Reader’s Digest Canada, Cottage Life Magazine, and The New Yorker.

In-Person Presentations: $500 plus HST for one session, $900 for two, $1200 for three. These are currently available in Kitchener/Waterloo and the GTA only.

Virtual Visits: $300 + HST for up to one hour, $200 + HST for each additional presentation on the same day.


  • Society of Illustrators, Warby Parker Visionary Scholarship Award‏‏‎ 2020
  • 2020 World Illustration Awards, New Talent Exploration Category Award

Book Topics: Mischief, Lying, Deception, Humorous Stories, Money, Justice, Unfair Labour

Presentation Format:

My full presentation sessions are generally a 1hr presentation that covers how I developed my career, artistic style, and how I wrote and illustrated the book Spider in the Well. This can also include a reading of the book, of course! I end the session with a live drawing and a Q&A.

Also available is a shorter, story time session (30-45min), with a brief intro about myself, a reading, and Q&A. Good for younger listeners!

I typically work with children ages 4-9, but I’ve also enjoyed presenting to older kids/teens about my life as an author and artist, and provide advice for making creative work that you really like.

I’m happy to work around your needs or hear out your presentation ideas!

Other Notes:

  • A projector/screen is required for in-person visits, as well as a microphone for larger groups.
  • For any drawing activities, an easel with paper, markers, and crayons for the kids to draw along with.
  • A teacher/facilitator must be present for in-person presentations.

Contact Jess to book a visit: