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I believe empathy is our super power & by designing inclusive, fun art making spaces we can build resilience, nurture empathy skills and have fun. We need resilience to help us face OUR BIG QUESTIONS. Questions like
How do we embody our values & create generative, positive rituals?
How do we talk to kids about Climate Change & Racism?
How can we model kindness, connection & empathy?
What can we do right where we are?
How did we get here? I believe we can move forward together. I hope you can join me on Instagram, I’m @NycBookNerd & @cynthiajabar on Twitter. We can start where we are. Let’s sit & make & chat & have fun.
Designing Early Literacy & STEAM Activities for K-6
Teaching Artist. Designs Workshops for School Visits
Illustrating & Writing Picture Books, Activity Books, Games
Licensing Pattern & Character Design
I’ve been a picture book artist, author & occasional editor for the past 20 years. WHAT! IKR. BIG gratitude. I’ve illustrated over 20 books for kids & written & edited a few along the way too.
Clients Candlewick Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harper Collins Publishers, Houghton Mifflin & Company, Little Brown & Company, Walker Books London, Scholastic
“deep emotional resonance” - Publishers Weekly
“positive girl powered attitude” - School Library Journal
“fun filled” - Booklist
I license characters for children’s products like activity books, play sets, stickers, games, stationery & craft kits.
Pattern + Character Design Clients Perigee, Blue Apple Books, Galison, Peaceable Kingdom Press/Mindware, Target & Old Navy