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.

Workshops for Illustrators

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Color, Light, Line, and Texture: Art Exploration and Play!

Color, Light, Line, and Texture: Art Exploration and Play!

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

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

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

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

Looking at Wordless Picture Books, Then and Now

Looking at Wordless Picture Books, Then and Now

#HFgather: Income Streams for Children’s Book Illustrators

#HFgather: Income Streams for Children’s Book Illustrators

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

Picture Book Author/Illustrators: Serving the Youngest Readers

Picture Book Author/Illustrators: Serving the Youngest Readers

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

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Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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