Tell Your Story: Illustration

Picture books, board books, graphic novels, nonfiction, early readers, chapter books: all of these genres need illustrations for children to relate with and respond to.

Whether you’re new to children’s book illustration or an experienced artist who is curious about how to get started in children’s publishing, we can help you learn more with resources and workshops.

#HFGather on Income Streams for Children's Book Illustrators
PDF Download of Income Streams for Children's Book Illustrators

Want to learn more about building your career as an illustrator?

The Highlights Foundation held a free #HFGather session on income streams for illustrators with Pat Cummings, Shadra Strickland, Xindi Yan, and Rudy Gutierrez.

Join our community and download our Free #HFGather Wrap-Up, a one-page PDF that includes advice from the panelists, a list of 28 ways they've earned or pursued income through illustration, and a link to access the full recording of the webinar!

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Workshops for Illustrators

From Pencil or Paint to Pixel: A Two-Night Mini for Beginning Illustrators

From Pencil or Paint to Pixel: A Two-Night Mini for Beginning Illustrators

Starts: May 28, 2024

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing: Illustrator’s Edition

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing: Illustrator’s Edition

Starts: June 25, 2024

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

Starts: July 10, 2024

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Starts: August 28, 2024

Income Streams for Illustrators: A Two-Night Mini

Income Streams for Illustrators: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: September 3, 2024

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Starts: September 11, 2024

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Starts: September 18, 2024

From Idea & Sketch to Dummy & Submission: An Author/Illustrator Online Course

From Idea & Sketch to Dummy & Submission: An Author/Illustrator Online Course

Starts: September 24, 2024

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Starts: September 26, 2024

Working Retreat: Picture Book Authors and Illustrators

Working Retreat: Picture Book Authors and Illustrators

Starts: November 10, 2024

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book … deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

“I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it.”

“You mean I get to keep this book forever?”

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

“When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do.

Illustration Resources

3 Questions With Kaz Windness and Katie Mazeika About Disability Representation in Picture Book Illustration

3 Questions With Kaz Windness and Katie Mazeika About Disability Representation in Picture Book Illustration

3 Questions With Courtney Pippin-Mathur About Illustrator Inspiration

3 Questions With Courtney Pippin-Mathur About Illustrator Inspiration

3 Questions With Ashley Wolff and Merrill Rainey About the Power of Artistic Exploration

3 Questions With Ashley Wolff and Merrill Rainey About the Power of Artistic Exploration

Art Retreat Magic: 3 Artists Step Away from Their Computers and Get Creative

Art Retreat Magic: 3 Artists Step Away from Their Computers and Get Creative

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

Celebrating Tonya Duncan Ellis’ Book Birthday!

Celebrating Tonya Duncan Ellis’ Book Birthday!

Mentee Carries on Mentor’s Legacy: Floyd Cooper and Daria Peoples

Mentee Carries on Mentor’s Legacy: Floyd Cooper and Daria Peoples

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.