"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 and chemistry 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 illustrations and 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."
Cynthia lives in New York City where she enjoys hanging out with family & story making with underserved children, because, she says, "I remember what an impact art making had on me as a child. Creativity is a positive safe space to go when the world scares you. Kids need art."
Cynthia also creates,licenses and designs characters & patterns for activity books, games, greeting cards & craft kits.
I love creating new characters and experimenting with new techniques. As an illustrator, a picture book is such a satisfying challenge.