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.

Need to see a new portfolio?

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.