EMPATHY IS MY SUPER POWER
"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." She also creates games, greeting cards, stickers, and paper toys.
Cynthia lives in New York City where she enjoys volunteering & story making with children at risk, because, she says, "I remember what an impact art making had on me as a child. It's a very safe place to go when all else fails you."
KICK ASS CREATIVE THINKER
entrepreneurial #GIRLPOWER spirit
a good design background + history of children's publishing
enthusiasm for children's picture books & play things
great work ethic with an attention to detail
Adobe Creative Cloud content wrangler
instigator of play
transmedia storytelling enthusiast
volunteers with real kids
eats too many cookies
future code poet
PICTURE BOOKS & PLAY THINGS
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Little Brown & Company
Blue Apple Books
Peaceable Kingdom Press
David Godine Publisher
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Walker Books Australia
MERCI BLAH BLAH
My picture books have been chosen for the 'Pick of the Lists,' by American Booksellers and my awards include the Parent's Choice Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book Award and various Publisher's Weekly Starred Reviews you can find on my PICTURE BOOK PAGE.
Along with making picture books I've also created & licensed some best selling character & surface designs for children's products including: stationery, greeting cards, diaries, stickers, activity books, board games, temporary tattoos, sticker play sets, sticker craft kits and more. Visit my PEACEABLE KINGDOM PRESS play things page or PICTURE BOOK PAGE to see more children's IP development, product, character & surface design.
GIVING BACK TO KIDS IS A JOY
Our kids are the most beautiful & vulnerable people on our planet. They deserve a new story that includes everyone & everything including our planet. Together we can change the narrative and in so doing - we change the world.
Doodling made my life so much richer as a child. It helped me cope & make sense of things I didn't understand. It was a safe place to hang out & imagine a new world. If I can pass that coping skill on to a kid - then awesome! It will make me happy.
Reading With Kids Literacy Initiative, New York Cares, New York City
Story Making With Kids Using Digital Tools, The Brooklyn Public Library, Inanimate Alice & Mozilla, Brooklyn, NY
Born To Read Literacy Initiative, Maine Humanities Council, Portland, Maine
Raising Readers Literacy Initiative, The Libra Foundation & Candlewick Press
Zine Making With Kids, Hinge Gallery, Portland, Maine
Book Making With Kids to accompany the exihibit, Coliding Rhythms, The Art of Picture Books, Hinge Gallery, Portland, Maine
How To Make A Picture Book, Josiah Quincy Elementary School (+ other fun schools in & around Boston), South Boston, MA
Art Making With Kids, Sommerville homeless shelter, Sommerville, MA
Community Book Making, Project Hope, homeless shelter, Dorchester, MA
Community Book Making to accompany the exhibit, "I Can Do It!", Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA