A key part of every Bookshop Week in October is the Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag. We are thrilled that this year the award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola has a collaborated on the bag. The bags are made from 100% cotton canvas with a digital print. They are long handled shoppers with gusset, 380mm W x 430mm H.
Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! — winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019. London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he’s not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of the Black diaspora. On being invited to design the bag, Adeola said, “I was super stoked to be asked to illustrate this years Books Are My Bag tote. Supporting bookstores is and has always been a huge part of my journey in this industry, so saying yes to this opportunity was a no brainer.”