Author & Illustrator

Sara Gillingham

Sara is an award-winning art director, designer and the author/illustrator of books such as: How to Grow a Friend, Snuggle the Baby, The Empowerment Series and the bestselling In My Series.

Sara and her team also provide design strategy, art direction, design and illustration to a wide variety of clients in the children's design and publishing world. Sara has over fifteen years of experience in children's publishing, both in-house: as former Design Director for children's publishing at Chronicle Books, and as principal of her own studio. She has art directed/designed hundreds of children's books, and won numerous awards from organizations such as 3x3, Print Magazine, 50 Books/50 Covers and The Society of Illustrators.

Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Illustration/Design from the Glasgow School of Art and has taught children's book illustration at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. (Bio via

Most Recent Book
How to Grow a Friend book

board Books

How to Grow a Friend book
gardening · friendship · teachers
How to Grow a Friend
One Whole Bunch book
flowers · counting · numbers
One Whole Bunch
Love Is a Truck book
vehicles · diversity · trucks · love
Love Is a Truck
Love Is a Tutu book
dance · french · ballet · tutu
Love Is a Tutu
On My Beach book
summer · interactive · beach
On My Beach
I Am So Brave! book
I Am So Brave!
In My Tree book
In My Tree

picture Books

helping others · doctor · sick
The Doll Hospital
How To Mend a Heart book
picture book
How To Mend a Heart
Busy Baby: Trucks book
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Busy Baby: Trucks


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