Hey, welcome to Make & Doodle Books!
My name is Cynthia Jabar, this is my new COLLABORATIVE, KIND, MESSY, LOUD, INCLUSIVE, #GIRLPOWER, #STEAM STORYTELLING, PLAYGROUND. All caps. It's where I get to "make do" with family, friends, teachers & librarians just like we did as a kids.
My favorite thing to make in the whole wide world is a book. It's been my job for over 20 years, but I've been making books, games & tinkering ever since I was a kid. My father used to famously say, "make do" to our barage of requests for the newest toys & books. Needless to say, with 6 siblings, we made our own fun, and we're quite the creative bunch because of it, right down to the great grandkids.
Making space for nurturing creativity is such a precious gift, thanks Mum & Dad, I'm going to pay it forward now. Join me this summer, we could all use more play time!
I'm an author, illustrator, tinkerer, best friend & occasional editor of picture books.
Ever since I was a kid, books have always been my friends, you can read more about that here. As an award winning picture book illustrator, I've worked with and learned from the brightest editors & art directors in children's publishing. I thank them for sharing their storytelling expertise and nurturing my book making dreams & experiments.
Candlewick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harper Collins Publishers, Little Brown & Company, Blue Apple Books, Scholastic Paperbacks, Galison, Peaceable Kingdom Press/Mindware, David Godine Publisher, Target, Old Navy, Penguin, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Boston University, Walker Books
I license character & pattern design + develop new products for nurturing creative, mindful kids.
I develop, create & license some best selling characters for Peaceable Kingdom Press /Mindware including board games, stationery, activity books, temporary tattoos, sticker play sets, sticker craft kits and more. See some of my childrens products here.
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If you want to collaborate, chat about new book or cooperative game ideas drop me a note. If you're looking for new character/product ranges available for licensing, drop me a line here, I'd love to chat with you.