Hi There. 

I wrote and illustrated a picture book published by Candlewick Press called JABARI JUMPS all about dealing with fear, what it means to be brave, and even a little bit about parenting: will Jabari jump off the diving board, or not?! Get your copy here and find out! 

Named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, it was also featured in People MagazineThe New York Times, was an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year, and is a staff pick in NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads, among other accolades. 

Upcoming titles include JABARI FLIES and BEST BED FOR ME, (Candlewick Press), and A UNICORN CAME TO DINNER...AGAIN written by Lauren DeStefano (Roaring Brook Press). 

I am represented by Emily van Beek, at Folio Jr.

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I spend my days working from home, as my brilliant husband codes furiously at MojoTech, our human offspring toddle/zoom around, and their older, feline siblings keep us all in line. After graduating from Pratt Institute, I worked on a variety of projects {–including producing a film festival, animating cartoons for network television and film, and working on a documentary–} that gradually led me back to one of my first loves: illustration. 

Most of my pieces start with good ol’ pencil and paper, and are then finished digitally. I approach each project like an intricate puzzle made up of many, and ever-shifting, pieces: Who’s the audience? How can I make this visually exciting? What does the client want?– It’s a trick to get all the moving parts to fit. But it’s a process I love. My work has been featured online, in interactive games, on assorted products, in films, as murals, and in various forms of print.

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Currently, I'm working on: several picture books, a middle grade novel, & making websites for writers! (Need a site? Go right here!)

 

Featured In:

  • Swiss Miss

  • Uppercase Magazine Work/Life

  • LMNOP

  • Miss Modish

  • Today Show

  • EW.com Entertainment Weekly

  • Providence Journal

  • Cool Mom Picks

  • Ruffled blog

  • Oh So Beautiful Paper

  • Apartment Therapy

  • Lolalina

  • Oh My Handmade Goodness

  • Pika Package Project

Of Note:

  • JABARI JUMPS was featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine and others...

  • JABARI JUMPS: Amazon #1 New Release, an "Amazon Best Book of The Year, 2017"

  • Semifinalist in the P&B Textiles and Pattern Observer 2015 Textile Design Competition!

  • Elk print was selected through Minted to be sold at West Elm!

  • Faculty at the NESCBWI Conference teaching “7 Animation Techniques Every Illustrator Should Steal” workshop.

  • 2017 marks the fourteenth anniversary of drawing Oscar nominee portraits for Eleni’s Bakery in New York City! Click here to see a few of my favorites.

 

Wanna work together?