Welcome to Sara Gillingham Studio!

Sara is an award-winning art director, designer and the author/illustrator of books such as: How to Grow a FriendSnuggle 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. 

Publishers:
Abrams Appleseed
Chronicle Books
Random House Books for Young Readers

Selected Design Clients: 
Amazon Publishing
Chronicle Books
Disney Hyperion
Girl Scouts
Highlights for Children
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Klutz
Milan Presse, France

Random House
Scholastic

Simply Read Books
Unicef