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Meet Chantelle & Burgen Thorne

Chantelle & Burgen Thorne

Chantelle & Burgen are currently illustrating six titles for Gnome Road Publishing.

The first, Finley: A Moose on the Caboose, (written by author Candace Spizzirri) released in April 2023, and shares the story of an adventure-seeking Alaskan moose who wants nothing more than to ride the rails to distant destinations. Unfortunately, rules are rules and Conductor Jones won't let Finley aboard.

Look for the return of this creative team in the companion story, Finley: A Moose in Chartreuse, set to release in the spring of 2026! 

As if that weren't enough, Chantelle & Burgen delighted baseball and science fans alike by teaming up with author Catherine Ciocchi for Science, Matter & the Baseball Park, a STEAM-filled, fast-paced rhyming story that gives young readers a closer look at all the matter that makes up what truly matters at the ball park and beyond. 

We are also delighted to have welcomed Chantelle & Burgen back for more fun to illustrate two titles for the Fall 2024 list. They bring loads of illustrative laughter to Alpacas Make Terrible Librarians (by author Kristi Mahoney), while simultaneously showing the softer side of their work in author Heather Morris's Trunk Goes Thunk! A Woodland Tale of Opposites

Make sure to look for Alpaca's companion story, Owls Make Terrible Teachers, in the spring of 2026!

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Chantelle and Burgen are internationally published illustrators, specializing in children's books. In the last three years, they've illustrated 10 trade books - 2 of which have won international awards (Readers Favourite Gold Medal for The Real Farmer in the Dell, Skipping Stones Honor Award for Wanda).

They have a long history in creating art for education and their work has been featured in over 1000 readers and text books worldwide. Most recently, their work in Kantiga finds the Perfect Name was selected for the IBBY 2022 honours list for Best Illustration in South Africa. They are represented by Paul Moreton of the fabulous Bell Lomax Moreton agency.