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Cara Rooney

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Contact: caralouiserooney@gmail.com
Local authority: Dundee
Languages: English
Cara Rooney's headshot

Cara Rooney is an illustrator, plaything maker based in Dundee, Scotland, creating illustrations, picture books and activity trails, inspired by a fascination for the natural world and childlike curiosity. Cara graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2020 with a First Class Honours degree in BDes (Hons) Illustration and was awarded the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2021 for her book, Ants.

Her debut interactive picture book, A Little World of Ants was released by Two Hoots in April 2024. The narrative non-fiction picture book connects young readers with nature, by replicating experiences of finding insects and exploring in the garden. Cara aims to encourage empathy for the creatures we share our planet with, through playful illustrations, fun facts and bold colours.

Cara also works as a Freelance Educator for V&A Dundee, facilitating tours, creative workshops and talks for under 5s, families, schools and community groups. Through this role and other freelance work, she has experience leading creative workshops and co-design projects with individuals of all ages.

Cara is excited to continue encouraging connection to nature and fascination for the world through future books, events and workshops.


(Photo credit: Jilly Noble)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Live drawing; Mentoring; Panel event; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People living with dementia; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Nature; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Travel writing; Urban communities; Vehicles

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+