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"Bravery," says Cynthia Jabar, " is a trait which I have always tried to strive for and which I admire immensely in people." After majoring in Biology at Simmons College, she was brave enough to try being an artist instead - rekindling a passion she traces back to the fourth grade, when her teacher asked the class to make a big book of illustrated poems.
The erstwhile scientist turned her focus to studying illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and the history of the book at the University of Iowa, courses that "remain lasting influences." And that influence paid off: now the illustrator of more than 20 books for children and the author of three, Cynthia Jabar produces work that Publishers Weekly has praised as "sophisticated, sassy, and spirited" with "deep emotional resonance." She also creates characters & patterns for games, greeting cards, stickers, paper toys & story making workshops.
Cynthia lives in New York City where she enjoys tinkering & story making with children at risk, because, she says, "I remember what an impact art making had on me as a child. It changed the course of my life and I'd love to pass that on."
Cynthia is available for picture book illustration, licensing character & pattern design, product development for kids & story making. Get in touch!
Candlewick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harper Collins, 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
Have a question or comment? Ask away on TWITTER: @cynthiajabar or INSTAGRAM: @NycBookNerd. Come hang out and make & doodle a new story!