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. 

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 
Milan Presse, France

Random House

Simply Read Books