Make & Doodle Books

Hey, I'm Cynthia Jabar, picture book author, illustrator & tinkerer.

Make & Doodle Books is my new collaborative, silly, kind, MESSY, LOUD, INCLUSIVE, #GIRLPOWER, storytelling playground! 

A virtual space to explore book making, creative thinking & empathy with family, friends & teachers.

A place to tell a #NewStory.  Our story.  A story rooted in a sustainable Earth that includes everyone. The playful, heartfelt story of WE.

Wanna #PLAY?  Join me on Instagram, I'm @NycBookNerd. 




My favorite thing to make in the whole wide world is still a book.  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. We're a creative bunch because of it.

I bring the same curiosity & creative thinking skills I learned as a kid to all my projects.  My work has been described as "sassy, spirited & inventive,"  by Publishers Weekly and filled with "positive girl power attitude,"  by School Library Journal.  That's what happens when you have 5 sisters and 1 brother!

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.


Candlewick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  Harper Collins Publishers,  Little Brown & Company,  Blue Apple Books,  Scholastic Paperbacks,  Galison,  Peaceable Kingdom Press,  David Godine Publisher,  Target,  Old Navy,  Penguin,  Farrar Straus & Giroux,  Boston University,  Walker Books Australia



I create & license some best selling characters for Peaceable Kingdom Press including board games, stationery, activity books, temporary tattoos, sticker play sets, sticker craft kits and more.

Get in touch if you want to chat or see my new character/product ranges available for licensing.