Mark Mitchell

Mark G. Mitchell, editorWelcome!  You’ll find interviews with children’s book illustrators here, tips on drawing, painting and illustration and a few notes on the children’s publishing scene — aspects changing and unchanging.

Children’s book author-illustrator Mark Mitchell hosts the How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator blog.

Mark is the author-illustrator of the Spur Award winning book Raising ‘La Belle’: The Story of the ‘La Salle Shipwreck and two other books for upper elementary and middle grade readers, Seeing Stars and The Mustang Professor (Eakin Press.)  The Lucky Bag of Rice by George Reichart, which Mark illustrated (David R. Godine, Publisher), was named one of Smithsonian magzine’s Notable Books of the Year.

He’s been a contributing editor of American Artist Watercolor magazine while his illustrations have appeared in his and others’ books and the children’s magazines Appleseeds, Cobblestone, Faces and Footsteps and Cricket

Mark teaches classes in children’s book illustration at the Art School at Laguna Gloria, Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse  and through his popular online course Make Your Splashes  — Make Your Marks!

You can reach him here or at the course Facebook page How to Illustrate a Children’s Book.


4 thoughts on “Mark Mitchell

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  2. Hi Mark,

    I must begin with how thrilled I am to read your blog post on ‘How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator’.

    I work for German Book Office, currently handling communications for a forum on children’s book content called JUMPSTART. One its kind festival that brings together people from the world children’s book content under one umbrella to encourage and nurture innovative ways of presenting children’s content in India. (

    It would be appreciated, if we get an opportunity to put ourselves through your blogs (tags or reference link to our blog) and work it out vice-verse.

    You can touch base with us at –

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Sugandh, Thank you so much for wtiting in and checking out my page. I just “liked” your Facebook Page for jumpstart and would be happy to run or link to any publicity materials you have for your program in New Delhi — and anything else you have going in the German Book Office forum. Please feel free to send me anything, I’ll also connect to you on FB through our FB page,
      Thank you.

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