Biography

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."

Studio Skills

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

before trend

volunteers with real kids

always learning

eats too many cookies

future code poet

Clients

PICTURE BOOKS & PLAY THINGS

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

Awards

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 AwardBank Street Best Children's Book Award and various Publisher's Weekly Starred Reviews you can find on my PICTURE BOOK PAGE.

Licensing

YAS GURL

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.

Workshops/Collaborations

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. 

WORKSHOPS/COMMUNITY

 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