P. J. Lynch has worked as a Children’s Book Illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. PJ has recently been announced as the fourth Laureate na nOg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature.

He has won many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions , first for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for “When Jessie Came Across the Sea” by Amy Hest. “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” has sold more than a million copies in the United States alone, and has recently been made into a motion picture starring Tom Berenger and Joely Richardson.

In recent years PJ has been commissioned to design posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre.  He has also designed several sets of stamps for An Post (the Irish Postal service), including four Christmas issues.

In 2006 PJ completed work on two large scale murals in oils on the theme of “”Gulliver’s Travel’s”” for the new Cavan County Library.


PJ Lynch has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the National Print Museum of Ireland, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.  He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three young children.