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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

  • Book Reviews

  • “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