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Eliyahu Alpern

Photographer of How It's Made: Torah Scroll, How It's Made: Matzah, And How It's Made: Hanukkah Menorah

Eliyahu Alpern’s stunning photography appears in many picture books about the Jewish holidays and Israel. View his work online at www.tziloom.com.

 

Tamara Anegon

Illustrator of Miriam and the Sasquatch

Tamara Anegon illustrated Look Out, Leonard! and other books for children. She enjoys creating characters who accompany her on her experiences and become her best friends. She lives in Madrid.

 

Tumuhaise John Baptist

Illustrator of the upcoming Miryam's Dance

TUMUHAISE JOHN BAPTIST is a contemporary realist painter and children’s book illustrator. He has a passion for wildlife, which he brings to life with contrasting and harmonious colors and exiting compositions. He has been nominated for outstanding children’s book illustrator in Uganda. He lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.

 

 

Christine Battuz

Illustrator of the upcoming Tzimmes for Tzipporah and Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae

Christine Battuz was born in France and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia in Italy. She has illustrated over sixty books for children around the world.

 

Tiphanie Beeke

Illustrator of Fast Asleep In A Little Village In Israel

Tiphanie Beek lives and paitns in the south of France. She is an award-winning children's illustrator whose books — including Latke, the Lucky Dog and Nosh Shlep Schluff: BabYiddish — have been published in several countries.

 

Valentina Belloni

Illustrator of Esther Didn't Dream of Being Queen

After her Graduation at the European Institute of Design (Turin, Italy), In 2010 Valentina became part of the freelance Illustrators represented by the MB Artists of New York (www.mbartists.com),  having  the possibility to work with several important publishers based in Europe, Usa and Asia.
Applications of her illustrations include: children’s books, educational books, book covers, sticker books, activity books, e-books and more.
 

Ruth Bennett

Illustrator of Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants

Ruth Bennett is an illustrator, occasional animator and creator of fun relatable characters! She lives in a tiny village in the middle of the North Norfolk countryside in the UK. Ruth has worked with many educational clients around the world and has also worked on several picture books and chapter books. She is represented by The Bright Agency. See more from Ruth at https://thebrightagency.com/us/publishing/artists/ruth-bennett and https://www.instagram.com/doodle_ru/

   

Ari Binus

Illustrator of King David & Akavish The Spider 

Ari Binus is a Minneapolis-based digital artist and animator. This is his fifth children’s book.

 

Tamar Blumenfeld

Illustrator of Yosef's Dream And Journey Through Jerusalem

Tamar Blumenfeld was born in Haifa. She graduated from the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Israel.

She is a freelance illustrator and comics artist, based in Tel Aviv; lectures in illustration and design, and is the creator of the well-known Ha’aretz newspaper blog, Street DoodlesYosef’s Dream is Tamar's first picture book.

   

Beth Bogert

Illustrator of The Goblins Of Knottingham

Beth Bogert is a children's illustrator. Her work has appeared in Highlights for ChildrenCricket Babybug magazine, and more.

 

Barbara Bongini

Illustrator of Dance the Hora, Isadora!

Barbara Bongini knew at an early age that she would be an artist, and she has illustrated many picture books. When she's not working, she loves to spend time with her two kids and go to bookstores. She lives in Milan, Italy.

 

Hector Borlasca

Illustrator of Yiddish Saves the Day And The Porridge Pot Goblin

Hector was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he currently resides with his wife Silvana and daughter, Micaela. He had initially studied to become a lawyer but found his true passion was illustration. He began his career as a graphic designer and then eventually developed into an illustrator. Hector published his first illustration in Argentina at age 19. His work has appeared in advertising campaigns, magazines, newspapers and textbooks in several countries including Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico. In 2002, Hector decided to pursue the American market and during his first visit to NY, he landed a series of books for Scholastic. While not illustrating, Hector enjoys playing soccer and perfecting his tango.

   

Inbal Gigi Bousidan

Illustrator of French Toast Sundays And Shimri's Big Idea

Inbal Gigi Bousidan is a self-taught illustrator whose first love is picture books. She lives just outside Tel Aviv and is currently at work on a graphic novel for children.

 

Steve Brown

Illustrator of Right Side Up: Adventures in Chelm

Steve Brown is an accomplished Freelance Illustrator from England, working with a variety of Publishers in the UK and USA such as Hachette, Oxford University Press, Scholastic and many more.
His various books have been nominated for The Fantastic Book Award 2020-2021 and shortlisted for The Childrens Book Award and SCBWI Crystal Kite award.
He has a pasión for character design and loves to tell stories through his illustrations.

   

Gina Capaldi

Illustrator of the upcoming The Inside Name andThe Passover Cowboy

Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books and products for trade, historical non fiction, educational, and the toy industries. She often combines traditional painting techniques and mediums with collage and digital elements to add additional layer of visual story telling. Gina studied fine arts at Pepperdine University and Pitzer College; and, illustration at Art Center: College of Design. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Publishers, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators. 

 

Julie Castaño

Illustrator of the upcoming A Place to Belong

 
 

Laura Catalan

Illustrator of The Chocolate King

Laura Catalán has illustrated numerous fiction books and educational material for Spanish, UK and US publishing houses. Her picture books include Two Peas in a Pod, The Naughty Spectre and Daughter of the God Sülde.
 

Andre Ceolin

Illustrator of Yom Kippur Shortstop  and I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book

André Ceolin is a self-taught illustrator from Brazil. He loves working with books targeting juvenile readers from the very young age to middle-grade and young adult. When not illustrating, he creates toys and small sculptures for his son. He also enjoys bicycling, playing his guitar, and, singing.

 

Erica Chen

Illustrator of the upcoming Purr-im Time!

Erica J. Chen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the illustrator of The Dog Dilemma! When she is not drawing, she enjoys daydreaming about all the cute animals she will meet. You can visit her at ericajchen.com.

 

Bryony Clarkson

 

 

Fede Combi

Illustrator of the upcoming The Boston Chocolate Party

Fede Combi loves to draw and paint with oil. As a child I he spent many hours drawing imaginary characters and dinosaurs. His mother and father encouraged him a lot, taking him to different museums and art exhibitions. He has illustrated more than 200 children's books and fascicles. He loves researching new styles and finding new ways of drawing to surprise readers. When he is not drawing, you will find him reading poetry books by Vicente Huidobro, visiting different bookstores and traveling. He lives in Buenos Aires. Find him online at fedecombi.com.

 

Denise Damanti

Illustrator of Pumpkin Pie for Sigd

Denise Damanti was skating at a competitive level until she encountered The Nemo Academy of Visual Arts and chose to become an illustrator. This is her first picture book published in the United States. She lives in Empoli, Italy with her family. See more of her work at www.behance.net/denisedamanti.

 

Sharon Davey

Illustrator of The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti And Sharkbot Shalom

Sharon Davey is a children's illustrator based in Surrey, England. She loves to draw grumpy kids and laughable animals. Sharon enjoys slurping spaghetti and wearing sparkly shoes when she washes the dishes. The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti is Sharon's second published picture book.

You can see more of Sharon's work at www.sharondaveyillustration.com.

 

 

CB Decker

Illustrator of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match, Crocodile, You're Beautiful, And the Avi the Ambulance Series 

CB Decker recently moved to Eagle Mountain, Utah
where there are plenty of dreidel playing goats if you look for them.
Illustrator of more children's books than you can count on four hooves...er...feet,
CB thinks donkey is Da-a-a-a-ang cute! See more at www.cbdecker.com 

 

Steliyana Doneva

Illustrator of Adam's Animals and A Persian Princess

Stela lives in Sofia, Bulgaria with her husband, a violinist and three children, who constantly provide her with continuous inspiration. Her love of painting and drawing started from an early childhood. As a little girl, Stela would imitate her grandfather drawing horses in his notebook. Stela still feel that his horses are the most beautiful she had ever seen! Stela studied at the School for Applied Arts in Sofia with the specialty in "children’s toys". She also graduated at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University in Veliko Tarnovo in 1998 with an MA degree in Graphic Arts. Stela started her career as an animator in a movie animation studio. She also worked on flash animations for children's games, puzzles, educational kits, etc. Luckily, four years after her graduation, Stela published her first picture book written by her good friend. In her free time, Stela enjoys making fabric toys and working on her skills to become a better photographer.

 

Jeffrey Ebbeler

Illustrator of Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles 

Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated many picture books.
He has also worked as an art director, created murals for schools and churches,
and performed for marionette theaters.
He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. See more at www.jeffillustration.com

 

Dustin Evans

Illustrator of the upcoming Monster Bar Mitzvah

Dustin Evans graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2005 with a BFA and has worked as an illustrator for a long list of clients that include Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers and IDW to name a few. He currently resides in Oklahoma with his wife and family.

 

Rinat Gilboa

Illustrator of Sing Along Alef Bet 

Rinat Gilboa is an illustrator and graphic artist based in Israel. Her work combines traditional and digital collage techniques. She has illustrated several children's books, including The Koren Children's Siddur (Koren, 2014), and her work has been featured on a aseries of postage stamps for the State of Israel. Rinat also teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. You can see more of her work at www.rinatgilboa.com

 

Aya Gordon-Noy

Illustrator of the upcoming A Bath for Shabbat

Aya Gordon-Noy, is an Israeli reputable illustrator. Aya has illustrated numerous well known picture books in Hebrew, some of which were translated to various languages. She specializes in a unique collage method of illustrations and texture. She won the Yossi Stern Prize for Illustration and a commendation in praise of the Israel Museum Award for Illustration. Aya lives and works in a small artists village in Israel, with her husband, four noisy boys, adorable dogs and one annoying cat.
   

Christine Grove

Illustrator of Maddie The Mitzvah Clown And Wait! It's Friday

Christine Grove is an illustrator of children's books. She received her MFA in illustration at the end of 2011 and has been illustrating ever since. Christine lives in North Georgia with her family and her treasured collection of 2H pencils.

 

Monica Gutierrez

Illustrator of Little Red Rosie 

Mónica Gutierrez has illustrated many children’s books, including Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and the Literary Classics International Book Award, and Three Little Pigs and a Lone Wolf. She lives in Argentina.

 

 

MacKenzie Haley

Illustrator of If I Lived with Noah And the upcoming If I Swam with Jonah

MacKenzie Haley has been drawing her whole life and even flunked a math test in the third grade because she used the test time to draw characters and faces out of numbers. Her books include Snitchy Witchby Frank J. Sileo and A Flicker of Hope by Julia Cook. MacKenzie lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her cat, Booger, who has final say on all projects. 

 

Holly Hannon

Illustrator of The Littlest Pair 

Holly Hannon is a professional illustrator who is known for her attention to detail and a passion for color and technique.

Greg Harlin

Illustrator of Hanukkah at Valley Forge

Greg Harlin has spent decades living in the past, illustrating historical subjects for books, magazines, museums, national parks, and even stamps.

He lives, appropriately, in historic Annapolis, Maryland. A beloved grandson has him spending more time in the amazing present and future. 
 

 

Amberin Huq

Illustrator of Night Lights: A Sukkot Story

Amberin Huq is an illustrator for all different types of clients including publishers, children's theatres and magazines. Most of the time you can find her scribbling away at her desk in her flat, where she creates work for children of all ages. When she is not drawing, she enjoys watching science documentaries about the universe. Amberin lives and works just outside of London.

 

Jen Jamieson

Illustrator of Alone Together on Dan Street

Jennifer is  an Illustrator and Designer living in the sunny English countryside surrounded by beautiful forest.

Jennifer loves creating quirky, feisty and friendly characters and bringing their wonderful personalities to life. She has a passion for inclusiveness and is a strong advocate for representation in children’s books. She loves the idea that we can change the world with the books we create.
You can see more of her work at www.JenniferJamieson.com

 

John Joven

Illustrator of Hillel Takes a Bath

John Joven grew up in Bogota, Columbia, an dstudied graphic design at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has illustrated many picture books, including Digging for Dionsaurs by Jaye Garnett and Charlie Takes His Shot by Nancy Churnin.John enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and traveling. Helives in Bogota with his wife and two children.
 

Katherine Janus Kahn

Illustrator of A Holiday For Ari Ant

Katherine Janus Kahn has been illustrating children's books for over 25 years, including the Sammy Spider series and the Ziz books. Her vivid illustrations, in a watercolor and cut-out technique, have been compared to the work of Eric Carle.

 

Anna Kubasewska

Illustrator of Mommy, Can You Stop the Rain?

Anna Kubaszewska was born in Warsaw, She is a Polish illustrator living in France. She's loved drawing since she was a child. Anna has an M.A degree in fine arts. She works mostly as a children's book illustrator. Her favorite topic is nature and animals.

 

Margeaux Lucas

Illustrator of Sally Opened Doors: The Story of the First Woman Rabbi, Regina Persisted: The Untold Story And Judy Led the Way

Margeaux Lucas has illustrated many children's books, including P is for Passover and Dancing Dinos Go to School. She lives in New York.

 

Bob McMahon

Illustrator of Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups

Bob McMahon’s work for the past 20 years has ranged from advertising, toy concepts, movie posters, educational and children’s books. Bob enjoys creating his unique humorous illustrations from his home studio in Southern California where he lives with his wife, daughter and his crazy dog Riley.

 

Katherine Messenger

Illustrator of the upcoming Maybe It Happened This Way

 

 

Vivian Mineker

Illustrator of Worse and Worse on Noah's Ark

Vivian Mineker is a Taiwanese-American artist from Taipei, Taiwan, and Portland, Oregon. Her blend of traditional and digital artwork has graced the pages of a number of books, including a picture book edition of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, and S’mores Indoors.

   

Martin Moron

Illustrator of the upcoming Big Bad Wolf's Yom Kippur

   

Dave Mottram

Illustrator of Oy Vey! Life In A Shoe

David Mottram has always wanted to be an illustrator. As a child, he drew pictures until there was no paper left . . . and then he would draw on grocery bags! Today, he illustrates children’s books and will occasionally draw on his daughter’s lunch bags, too. He lives with his family in Ohio in a house slightly larger than a shoe.

 

Jennifer Naalchigar

Illustrator of Once Upon an Apple Cake: A Rosh Hashanah Story And Starlight Soup: A Sukkot Story

Jennifer Naalchigar is a British - Japanese illustrator based in Hertfordshire, England.

She has a love for quirky characters and funny stories.

After working as an Art Buyer for Oxford University Press, she decided that illustration was the career for her. Jen's client list includes HarperCollins, Hachette, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Random House Children's Books, Reycraft books and Scholastic.

 

Shirley Ng-Benitez

Illustrator of Shabbat Shalom, A New Week, Start the Day, And Time for Bed

Shirley Ng-Benitez is an award-winning author/illustrator who works in traditional media and has had the honor of illustrating over 25 books for children. She lives in the Bay Area, California with her family and two black cats, Miso & Luna. Visit shirleyngbenitez.com for more.  

 

Teresa Ramos

Illustrator of the upcoming The Most Annoying Aliens Ever

Teresa Ramos was born in 1981 in the province of Girona and currently lives in Blanes, a beautiful village on the “Gateway to the Costa Brava”. She was always drawing as a young child and often be seen holding a pencil wherever she goes. Armed with all the scribbles she created, she decided to pursue illustration and studied at the Art School Pau Gargallo in Badalona and at the Joso School in Barcelona. Teresa stemmed from a family drawn to the arts with a father who was a woodworker and mother who is a master quilter. She is very happy to be an illustrator for children’s books and plan to be in this industry for many years.

 

Joani Keller Rothenberg

Illustrator of The Shabbat Angels

Joani Keller Rothenberg is a muralist, art therapist, and illustrator who has been artist-in-residence for many academic, faith-based, and arts institutions. See more at www.artbyjoani.squarespace.com

 

Angeles Ruiz

Illustrator of Zombie Vacation

Ángeles Ruiz was born in Barcelona, Spain, where she lives with her husband and their daughter, who is her source of inspiration and toughest critic. She has illustrated several books for children, including The Lost Kitten by Leyla Torres. When not illustrating, Ángeles loves to explore nature, visit the library, and spend time with her family.

 

James Rey Sanchez

Illustrator of Jonah's Tale of a Whale

James grew up in a humble home in Santa Maria, California, where his love for art came from countless hours of reading comics, playing video games, and 90’s Saturday morning cartoons.

He graduated from the Academy of Art University, with a BFA in Visual Development, studies in Children Book Illustration, and top honors including Best of Show and Runner-up in the Annual Spring Show. He has worked in the animation world with Class Dojo where he designed his own cartoon for the studio, and illustrated the very popular and number one children’s book in Music: “Irving Berlin, The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing.” Sanchez’s art is uniquely stylized, focusing on the beauty of simplistic design that evokes emotion. He looks to show the illustration world what he can do with his fluid style, expressive characters, and beautiful colors.
 

 

Talitha Shipman

Illustrator of Judah Maccabee Goes To The Doctor

Talitha Shipman is a Sydney Taylor Award winning illustrator and based in Northeastern Indiana. Talitha is blessed with an amazing husband named Michael, a hairy dog named Lucy, and a Baby Girl named Coral Elizabeth (named after Talitha's favorite color pink, her little sis Beth, and the great Elizabeth Bennet).

Talitha's specialties include book, greeting card, and editorial illustration. 

 

Maya Shleifer

Illustrator of Hand in Hand

Maya Shleifer is a multidisciplinary illustrator and designer, drawn most to visual storytelling through children's books.

See more at https://mayashleifer.com/about

 

Mark Simmons

Illustrator of Roller Coaster Grandma

Mark Simmons is a 2009 graduate of the Academy of Art University. He specializes in illustration and sequential art, including comics and storyboards.

 

Dov Smiley

Illustrator of Shield of the Maccabees: A Hanukkah Graphic Novel

Dov Smiley is an illustrator and a Jewish educator. He has authored and illustrated multiple graphic novels and comic books, including Jewish Holiday Comics, Torah Comics, and The Book of Jonah, all of which are used as educational tools in Jewish schools and synagogues across North America. He lives in Union City,  New Jersey.

   

Jim Starr

Illustrator of Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale

 Jim Starr graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Illustration. He illustrates for numerous editorial, advertising, and corporate clients; his most recognizable image is the mill in the Pepperidge Farm logo. His work has appeared in Print magazine, the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, and the Washington DC Illustrators Club Exhibition. This is his first picture book.

 

Sharon Vargo

Illustrator of the upcoming Moving Box Sukkah

 

 

Ruth Waters

Illustrator of Apples, Apples, All Year Round

Ruth Waters creates illustrations using collage, decorating the paper by hand using brushes, rollers - even old toothbrushes - to create unique textures. As an author/illustrator she has five published picture books and been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2019 and 2020, Children's Book Category. She lives in England.

 

Sachiko Yoshikawa

Illustrator of the upcoming The Pirate Rabbi And How to Be a Mensch by A. Monster

Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the United States from Japan to study art and illustrates children’s books with whimsical and vibrant characters. Her art has appeared in award-winning children's books such as Beach Is to Fun and What Is Science. She lives in California with her husband, Wayne, and daughter, Kinu. Enjoy her work on Instagram at onesmileadayillustration

   

Deborah Zemke

Illustrator of Sky-High Sukkah

From picture books to chapter books to the popular Doodles drawing series, Deborah Zemke has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books for young readers. Her chapter book series starring artist Bea Garcia has received wide acclaim and awards including a New York Public Library Book of the Year. Visit her website at www.deborahzemke.com or on Instagram @deborah.zemke.