Month: May 2022


We’ve taken on a new artist! It’s someone you know and love.

We’ve got big news to share. Our very own LRS agent, lovely Kim Fleming, is actually a talented picture book illustrator with a whopping twelve books under her belt. She’s an agent by day and an illustrator by night.
Her work just got stronger and stronger, and we couldn’t (and didn’t want to) resist. So today, we’re proud to announce the big news!
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
(Yes, Kim is still a devoted full-time agent!)
New Artist: :Kim Fleming
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Q: What do you love about illustrating picture books?
Kim: I get to create magical worlds that children can lose themselves in. And it makes me a better agent because I understand the picture book process.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: I always try to keep learning, whether it’s new art techniques, the craft of writing, or ceramics!
Join Kim and me on
Instagram Live
This Thursday,
May 26th at 12PM ET
Q: Word has it that you’re writing a picture book of your own. Is the rumor true?
A: Yes! I’ve been working with Lilla on it and it’s almost ready to go!
Q: Exciting! What’s it about?
A: Without giving too much away, it’s about overcoming fear.
Contact us to learn more and click here to read more of Kim’s Q&A
MATS Illustrating Childrens Books starts TODAY!
Join your teachers, Lilla and Zoë, for a FREE Zoom Live event on the main Make Art That Sells Facebook page TODAY at 12 noon EST/5 pm BST and you could win a FREE place in class!
They’ll be sharing some of their favorite children’s picture books and talking about what makes them so spectacular, doing Lilla’s famous career tarot (giving targeted career advice for a lucky volunteer), giving away a FREE place in class, and more.
Don’t miss it! Click here to sign up.

Our Residency and gorgeous art!

So much goodness to share this week.
  1. Our Author/Illustrator Residency is underway.
  2. New artist announcement coming next week!
  3. My Illustrating Children’s Book Course begins this coming Monday.
Read on, enjoy, and call us to assign.
LRS picture book
author/illustrator residency
LRS: Incubator of Illustrated/Authored Books
One of my most favorite things in the world is to help top artists make even more brilliant work, develop their unique gifts, and broaden their career opportunities. So with that in mind, we were incredibly excited to offer our Picture Book Writing Residency to a whopping fourteen of our artists, based on my course My Kid Book Pitch, focusing on writing children’s picture books.
Why encourage artists to write picture books? They are one of the strongest categories in illustration right now. Editors are specifically looking for authored/illustrated picture books for the unique vision that they provide. We’re commissioning them like crazy, they pay very well, and you get to devote months to a particular project in your style.
The ideas are fresh, sometimes delightfully quirky. Many of the attendees focused on topics like diversity, neurodiversity, gender fluidity, STEAM, social/emotional issues, and more.
It was an intensive week with loads of one-on-ones with my artists before, during, and continuing on. Several book dummies are ready to share.
Editors and art directors, we’ll be in touch, but as always, don’t hesitate to give us a shout should you like to see what we’ve been up to.
2022 Author/Illustrator Residency Zoom
Watch your inbox on Monday as we will be announcing our newest new artist!

Here’s some work from the previous Residency &
Kendra’s story tender and imaginative story of two children, one who is afraid of the ground, and one who is afraid of the sky. Through visually gorgeous illustrations of steampunk-style Rube Goldberg-type contraptions, they find a way to connect.
Contact us to learn more!

A historic tale of a brave pioneer, loosely based on a naturalist and scientific illustrator of the 1600’s who travels to the Amazon with her daughter. We follow along as the mother and daughter search for a very exotic and elusive butterfly with help from indigenous people.
Contact us to learn more!
What I love about Mara’s pitch is her ability to tell a laugh-out-loud story about an insecure snail in a cool way that imparts lots of nutty snail factoids. This book celebrates mucous and other gross features such as the dung beetle’s poop.
Contact us to learn more!
My course begins this Monday, May 23rd at Make Art That Sells. My co-teacher, prominent children’s book art director Zoë Tucker and I select work from the student galleries each week for a live Zoom Review. It’s my favorite part of the course, loaded full of specific tips and practical advice.
This is the same course that many of my artists have taken, and in fact, where I find many to represent. Join me! It’s hugely popular, now in its ninth season, and if you sign up now, you’ll instantly receive Zoe’s three beautiful/amusing/though-provoking original texts for the course (she’s a published author of six books) and a Text Chooser doc to help you select a text based on your art style. Hop on over here.


Check out our YouTube channel, and latest gorgeous illustrated books and more.

Have you seen our YouTube channel? We’re pretty excited about it.
We’ve added loads of interviews with our artists, show-and-tell videos of latest art-driven products like books, journals, home decor, and more. I think you may find the videos helpful in your own art career.



In the Jenny Miriam interview, she shares how she became a full-time illustrator and why, what she does if she’s discouraged with a piece she’s working on, how she stays organized, her three top tips for illustrators, and everyone’s favorite question: what Procreate brushes she uses. Watch it here.


Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!




We’re excited to announce that our artist Erica Root has been signed to illustrate a new rhyming picture book which is an ode to teachers, published by Doubleday. Due out Spring 2023.
A starred review from School Library Journal for Letters to Live By, by Åsa Gilland (Running Press)
Read the full review here.
Buy the book here.


Animation by Natasha Dewitz
Have you seen my column for Issue 53 of UPPERCASE magazine? Here’s a flatlay I took for it.


Artist Jessica Allen took this photo of her seed packet (bottom right) in the same issue.
1000-piece puzzle for Soonness


Tarot for Baby (Penguin Random House)
Help the littlest Tarot readers discover their inner world! Follow Tarot Baby on her adventurous day, guided by the 22 mystical archetypes of the tarot deck. Readers will get to know the Tarot deck and the insight and strength that can be drawn from each card.


Yellow like a Submarine, Purple like the Rain: A Rocking Book of Colors (Duopress Books)
This board book celebrates classic songs and the many different hues to discover within their lyrics, whether you’re humming along to “Here Comes the Sun” or “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.”


Your Baby Story (Write to Me)
Create your own baby storybook in this beautifully illustrated, combined children’s book and journal. This book will become a much-loved story of details never to be forgotten, to be retold over many years and passed down as a special personally documented baby story.


Charlotte’s very, very stinky book is out! (Spectrum Publishers)
Below: Endpapers to this book which made us laugh out loud!


Erin has three puzzles out with
Mosaic Puzzles
Tote Bag (Blue Q)


I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells



WebinART with artist Jenny Miriam

May 2nd, 2022 — WebinART with artist Jenny Miriam

View Jenny Miriam’s gorgeous art for children’s books and more in a slideshow, and don’t miss Jenny’s top tips for illustrators! Lilla asks her how she stays organized, and how she made the transition to being an illustrator while working full time with three kids.

Click here to watch the replay.



Join me TODAY at 12:00 PM ET as I chat with top artist and MATS student Jenny Miriam.

Dear Kim,
JOIN ME TODAY at 12:00 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Jenny Miriam, who has worked on a variety of illustration projects for HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Galison, and more.


Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom
with our artist Jenny Miriam
today at 12:00 PM ET.


I’ll ask her how she organizes her time, how she decided to become a full time illustrator and why, and tips for other illustrators, and we’ll answer any questions.


PS. You won’t be on video; it’s a great conversation to have on in the background!
We can’t wait to see you there!


Jenny Miriam, illustrator



Available for licensing as of this writing.


I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells