Category: Children’s Books

10/12/21

Big reveal! Dazzling children’s book pitches by our artists.

GET READY TO SWOON. We’re sharing pages from our artists’ children’s book pitches that were created for our annual Residency and my course, My Kid Book Pitch (starting October 18th). These charming book pitches are currently available for your consideration.

 

One (that we can’t show yet) was just picked up and will be published April 2023!

Editors and Art Directors: Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to see any or all of our artists’ charming and gorgeous children’s book pitches.

You’ll love this appealing and witty tale about an eccentric child who is obsessed with arranging absolutely anything and everything, from flowers to people! We’re particularly excited about Katie’s wit and her luscious watercolor illustrations. What’s so good about this book is its important message of accepting and embracing one’s own unique behavioral differences.

 

We’re incredibly excited about Bambi’s historic tale of a brave pioneer, loosely based on Maria Sibylla Merian, 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. Loaded with botanical and scientific tidbits, depicting a touching mother/daughter relationship, this feminist STEAM book is sure to do very well.

 

Get ready to be floored when you see this magical, painterly pitch by Kendra Binney as she tells a 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. It’s the perfect vehicle for Kendra’s highly in-demand dreamy style.

 

Welcome to Adventures in Ida Land. Kelly Anne has crafted an entire charming and eccentric world around her feisty main character, Ida. With the ability to communicate with rocks, trees, and animals, Ida travels through different landscapes cleverly solving Mother Nature’s problems. We love Kelly Anne’s bright illustration style and particularly adorable main character illustration, and the timely environmental message.

 

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. At first jealous of the cool flamingo, Herbert the snail comes to love all of its own special abilities—especially its mucous. Quite frankly, I was amazed at impressive special abilities of a snail that I never knew about. Sure to be a hit with boys and girls alike. STEM with humor!

 

Ruth Burrows, our newest artist, created this pitch for My Kid Book Pitch course. It was one of the reasons why I scooped her up.

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
9/7/21

Guess who I’m interviewing next?

Coming this Thursday!

 

Both images above were created in my MATS Bootcamp course this past Spring
Join me Thursday for our WebinART as I chat with our newest artist
and view her gorgeous work. I’ll show you the mini portfolio she sent hoping to get representation.
This Thursday
September 9th
12.00 PM ET.
—–
We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. See you then!
WebinART link here
Password: Ruth99
p.s. You won’t be on video, no worries. It’s a great chat to have on in background!
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.

 

Above by Ruth Burrows

 

Agent Kim Fleming gathered up a collection of character images for you this week. Characters are such a key part of illustration work.
Highlights magazine

 

From My first Animal songs / Mes premières chansons d’animaux (Editions Gründ)

 

Character studies

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Akiara Books

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

From Princesses Can Fix it (Page Street Kids)

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
8/9/21

Here are hot new book releases and a toothbrush.

Check out these gorgeous new releases illustrated by our artists. Scroll down to read why Kelly Anne Dalton particularly loved illustrating a biology book for Quarto.

 

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

 

Picture book for Editions Lito.

 

Out now! The next two books in a new series of
picture books about each US state,
by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Buy them here and here.

 

Mes premières chansons et comptines (Editions Gründ)
Buy it here.

 

The Chickentown Mystery, written and illustrated by Albert,
now available in the US! (Chouette Publishing)
Buy it here.

 

Biology for Kids (Quarto)
From Kelly Anne: “I loved creating the portraits of the biologists for book #2 in the Kitchen Pantry Scientist series. My mom is a retired biologist, so the subject matter really hit close to home. “
Buy it here.

 

Needlebook: A Creative Embroidery Kit by DIcraft.
Buy it here.

 

Some fun products for Blue Q — IBF gum wrapper and a toothbrush!
Buy the gum here.
Buy the toothbrush here.

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
7/20/21

What do talking pencils, lightening bugs and Cleopatra have in common?

Today’s spotlight

 

Please enjoy this brand new work by our artists who attended my recent course, Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books 2021. You’ll see appealing characters displaying emotions and active poses, strong art styles and gorgeous environments whether witty (I’m talking about you, Katie Vernon) or historically accurate (I’m looking at your Cleopatra, Jennifer Potter) or dreamy (yes, you, Kelly Anne Dalton).

 

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

 

Text by Zoë Tucker

 

Text by Lilla Rogers.
Manuscript and art ready to license! Contact us for details.

 

Text by Zoë Tucker

 

 

 

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
6/3/21

Wanna see Helen Dardik’s animated unicorns?

What I love about art with a kid book vibe is that it’ll pull in a variety of gigs like commissions for backpacks, tattoos, and cheetah lockets. You never know. Enjoy the show!
Plus… stay tuned for some BIG NEWS coming next week!
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project.

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

I’m (almost) Always Kind illustrated by Åsa Gilland
(Usborne Publishing)

 

The Healthy Motherhood Journal (Sounds True)

 

Can you believe all these fabulous books Sarah Walsh has illustrated? You can see why she’s in such demand.
Buy Draw Bridge here.
Buy Truth & Daring here.
Buy True Colors here.
Buy Matilda here.
Buy Herstory here.
Buy Hats of Faith here.
Visit our Books page to see more!

 

Notre Planète illustrated by Daniel Roode (Editions Gründ)

 

Tiger Backpack & Animal tattoos (Petit Monkey)

 

Sweet cheetah bracelet illustrated by Tara Lilly for Djeco

 

Book cover lettering for The Secret Garden (HarperCollins)

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
4/29/21

Spotlight on Kelly Anne Dalton : Enjoy her bright and dreamy style

Today, we’d love to show you the work of Kelly Anne Dalton whose bright and dreamy style pulls in a vast range of commissions from science-y books for kids to updated Aesop’s tales for Editions Auzou to covers for historic middle-grade fiction for Random House. Enjoy!
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

 

“I grew up in a secluded Victorian resort town in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, which was the perfect recipe for a lifetime love of vintage objects with soul and playing make-believe in the forest.”
— Kelly Anne Dalton

 

Watch Kelly Anne make art magic on her iPad.
Welcome to Adventures in Idaland. Kelly Anne has crafted an entire world around the main character, Ida. With her mouse pal Scout, Ida embarks on adventures around the world as she helps animals solve all sorts of problems.
Together with our Toy and Game agent Riley Wilkinson, we’ve developed an entertainment concept ripe for a future animated series, as well as toy concepts ready for license. Contact Riley to learn more.

 

Kelly Anne just created this lovely piece for the very first assignment for my Illustrating Children’s Books course.

 

Personal work

 

Books

 

Above: Chemistry for Kids, Quarto
Biology out soon!

 

Aesop’s Fables (Editions Auzou)

 

Book covers for Random House

 

More beautiful illustrations

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
4/6/21

Sorry to add to your book addiction. Apologies in advance.

I love teaching artists over at Make Art That Sells (where I’ve taught and discovered most of our recent spectacular artists).

Here’s a reminder that our giant Spring Sale ends this Friday, April 9th.

Download your gorgeous sale guide here, which includes gallery pages and worksheets for you to enjoy.

 

I have a book addiction, and I’m betting that you do, too, so apologies in advance. Today I’d love to show you brand-new books by three of our top artists.

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

 


 

Erica Root

Pre-order Erica’s amazing debut author/illustrator book A Year of Weeks: 52 Awesome Weeks of Trying New Things (Running Press), out next month.

Full of charming illustrations and inspiring prompts, A Year of Weeksis an interactive, imagination-sparking road map for a year of trying new things—broken into fifty-two exciting, achievable activities.

 

 

Read early reviews of Erica’s book:
What a great idea. Erica’s illustrations and insights together are so wonderfully digestible, whimsical, and peace- and curiosity-inducing. From the first time I saw Erica’s work I saw her precious mind in the turn of a pencil stroke, her patience and humor, and that voice is right there in this book. Each activity and illustration gifts me a totally stress-free task to engage me further as a person, as a mom, as someone who wants to do more and is sometimes so overwhelmed by the wait and rush of this ride. This book makes me feel younger. Get it for yourself. And everyone you like. And a special one for someone you loathe. It’s a win-win. ―Selma Blair, actor and activist

 

Sometimes our most inspired moments come from the simplest challenges. A Year of Weeks is chock full of weekly uncomplicated, fun exercises to wake up our creativity, think outside the box, and dream big. Stunningly illustrated and exquisitely hand-lettered, Erica Root’s own artistic style lends an encouraging backdrop to this book of weekly activities.
 ―Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author

 

A Year of Weeks encourages us to do a very simple but difficult thing: try something new every week. With engaging illustrations and thoughtful prompts, this journal inspires us to stretch ourselves each day—ensuring that by the end of the year, we’ve experienced the lessons and growth necessary to head into the next with confidence and an open heart.―Meera Lee Patel, author of Create Your Own Calm, Start Where You Are, and My Friend Fear

 

 

 


 

Zoë Ingram

 

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of painting with gouache, with the creative guidance of popular artist and illustrator Zoë Ingram.

 

In this comprehensive beginner’s guide, Zoë shares everything she possibly can about getting started with gouache painting. Why gouache? Because this exciting paint medium creates opaque effects making it more vibrant and graphic than traditional watercolours, meaning you can layer it, paint on dark backgrounds and much more.

 

Already translated into 6 different languages and flying off the shelves!

 

 

 

 


 

 

A follow up to Sarah’s incredible bestsellers Herstory and Wild Lives, comes another gem about fifty amazing kids who changed the world. A beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring short biographies sure to empower and motivate in equal measure.

 

 

 

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
4/1/21

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET for an interview of my newest artist, Tisha Lee. Plus a giveaway!

Meet our Newest Artist
We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:00 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Tisha Lee.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom
with our artist Tisha Lee today at 12:00 PM ET.
Password: Tisha77

 

Tisha’s work embodies such an elegant mastery of paint, color and line, so I’m dying to ask her about her influences, how she developed her strong style, what paint she uses, what projects she’s dreaming of, and much more. Come enjoy her gorgeous work in a slideshow, and ask any questions you may have.
PLUS we’ll do a giveaway of Sarah Walsh’s charming new activity kit for Djeco.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Today’s Webinart Giveaway

 

Watch the video here.

 

Tisha Lee, illustrator
Sacramento, CA
Above: Tisha’s gorgeous sketchbook image snagged 1,700 likes on the our Instagram

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
3/30/21

Guess who I’m interviewing next? Join me this Thursday.

Coming this Thursday! Meet Tisha!

 

 

I’m excited to chat with one of our newest artists this Thursday!
Join us on Zoom as we chat about her gorgeous work.
This Thursday,
April 1st
at 12.00 PM ET
WebinART link here
Password: Tisha77

 

Our previous WebinART and portfolio showcase was with the enormously talented water color artist Erin Vanessa. Learn how she went from her career as a video games producer to a represented illustrator! You can catch the replay here. Password: ^3xvfZM7
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.

 

Here in Boston, the snow is melting and we’re even seeing a few bluejays, so we thought we’d show you some lovely Spring art. Enjoy!

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
3/23/21

Want to know which market is the most progressive and positive, IMHO?

I often say that the most positive and progressive change occurring right now is happening in children’s book publishing. Case in point: This Little Environmentalist and This Little Rainbow (Love is Love) board books illustrated by Daniel Roode for Little Simon, and Baby’s First Kind Words illustrated by Hsinping Pan for Storey Publishing. These teach little children about climate, LGBTQIA+, and kindness. It makes me so happy.
Scroll to see more.

 

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

 

Buy it here
Buy it here.
Buy it here.
The inimitable Helen Dardik fully illustrated this vivid, charmingly eccentric series of board books (which include stickers!) for
Editions Lito.

 

Above: Cover reveal of This Little Rainbow (out this fall).
Check out Daniel Roode’s incredible “This Little…” series! for Little Simon (Photo top left, courtesy Joan Holub).
The series continues with This Little Environmentalistreleased next week.

 

Flora Waycott beautifully illustrated this shaped board book from Chronicle. Each page reveals a new topping. Lots of fun for little hands.
Exciting news!
The second in the series, Made with Love: Donuts will be available this July!

 

Hsinping Pan’s charm, rich color and great storytelling are on display in her newest illustrated book for Storey Publishing

 

Rebecca Jones is constantly busy illustrating children’s products, and you can see why. Her paint technique, her pretty colors, and happy worlds are always in demand. From Pan Macmillan.

 

We wanted to show you this charming art that John Coulter recently created for a pitch. His bold colors, adorable characters, and vintage style are perfect for children’s book illustrations.

 

Newsflash! Our Toy Residency 2021

We recently ended our 5-day intensive Toy Pitch Residency with 15 of our artists, and all we can say is WOW! Recipe: Take brilliant artists, add a dollop of teaching from Toy, Game and Entertainment Agent Riley Wilkinson and what you get are some brilliant toy and game pitches, ready to be licensed.
Are you an art director in the toy/game market? Want to see the brilliant toy and game pitches that our artists have just created for our weeklong LRS-artists-only Residency? We’re talking innovative and gorgeous stacking games, memory games, a quirky balancing game, beautifully illustrated dominos, and a felt play set. Contact us or simply reply to this email!
–Want to be a guest VIP for the July My Toy Pitch course? We would absolutely love to have you join us! We’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells