Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Now she writes, draws, and makes books for kids. Her books include Something Great;, No Voice Too Small; No World Too Big; Love, Mama; and When the Babies Came to Stay. Jeanette is a We Need Diverse Books mentor, and organizer of the We Are ALL Readers festival celebrating diverse children’s literature. She lives in Rhode Island with her wife, and kids.
Jeanette is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt.
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Picture books are meant to be read aloud - to be, in a way, a performance on a very intimate stage. When creating with words or pictures, I am always thinking about the interaction of three art forms: visual art, literature and theatre.
I work digitally but want my work to feel fresh, spontaneous, and organic. I want the viewer to have a sense of the human hand that went into the mark making on the virtual page. I work to create characters and stories that express the great diversity of human experience as well as universal themes.
Two of my favorite books as a child were Mary Blair’s The Color Kittens and Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. I still love these books as an adult and re-read them often. My work has been influenced by Mary Blair’s exuberant use of color and Arnold Lobel’s insight into the emotional lives of children.
On Caffeine and Inspiration (Tara's Lazar's Storystorm)
On the Gift of Lending Libraries (Epic Eighteen)
On My Publication Journey (Cynstations)
SCBWI - See my SCBWI member profile
WNDB - We Need Diverse Books