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

I Like to Share!
How to Grow a Friend
One Whole Bunch
The Doll Hospital
Love Is a Truck
Love Is a Tutu
How To Mend a Heart
Busy Baby: Trucks
On My Beach
I Am So Brave!

Most Popular Sara Gillingham Books

    Love Is a Truck
    Amy Novesky, Sara Gillingham
    Snuggle the Baby
    Sara Gillingham
    I Am So Brave!
    Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham
    Love Is a Tutu
    Amy Novesky, Sara Gillingham
    I Know a Lot!
    Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham
    In My Forest [With Finger Puppets]
    Sara Gillingham, Lorena Siminovich

Book Stats


All Sara Gillingham Books

2021I Like to Share!Stephen KrenskySara Gillingham12
2019How to Grow a FriendSara GillinghamSara Gillingham34
2019One Whole BunchMary MeyerSara Gillingham32
2018The Doll HospitalKallie GeorgeSara Gillingham32
2016Love Is a TruckAmy NoveskySara Gillingham24
2016Love Is a TutuAmy NoveskySara Gillingham24
2015How To Mend a HeartSara GillinghamSara Gillingham40
2015Busy Baby: TrucksSara GillinghamSara Gillingham10
2015On My BeachSara GillinghamSara Gillingham12
2014I Am So Brave!Stephen KrenskySara Gillingham12
2014Snuggle the BabySara GillinghamSara Gillingham12
2013I Know a Lot!Stephen KrenskySara Gillingham12
2010In My Forest [With Finger Puppets]Sara GillinghamLorena Siminovich12
2010In My FlowerSara GillinghamLorena Siminovich10
2009In My TreeSara GillinghamLorena Siminovich12
2009In My DenSara Gillingham12


Amy Novesky
Stephen Krensky
Lorena Siminovich
Kallie George
Mary Meyer