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JENNIFER JACKMAN WHITE

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Seeking representation

Not shown here: 55 mph winds! And our son screaming; "I'm going to blow away!!" Thanks to a winter storm rolling in on our Joshua Tree National Park family vacation last December. Came for the meteor shower, stayed for the rain and rainbows!

Illustrator Author Designer
I believe in creating magical picture books
with heart that inspire all children to dream, and find calm and comfort under the stars.

Personal life

Heavily influenced by her creative mom who was an elementary school teacher, Jennifer grew up loving art and picture books in Los Angeles, California. Life and work took Jennifer to London and NYC, and today you'll find Jennifer with her family in San Diego, writing, illustrating, and designing. Her most important title is "Mom" to her 4-year-old son, and together they love gardening and tending to their mini backyard farm (4 crazy chickens, 4 rabbits, 2 large dogs, and a koi pond). Jennifer loves collecting old things, restoring their 1965 home, painting in her studio, floating in the ocean, and learning astrophotography. She also loves National Parks, NYC, comedy shows and cheesy rom-coms, ghost stories that aren't too scary, Christian Robinson, Jon Klassen, Carson Ellis, Marla Frazee, Rebecca Green, antique pottery, Scandinavian furniture, museums, gnocci, sushi, fresh flowers, and other eclectic things. 

 

Creative life

Jennifer received her BFA in illustration with honors at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. During college, she helped assist public elementary school teachers by reading picture books to small groups of kids struggling with English and speech. After college, Jennifer pursued her first job in publishing as a designer at Harcourt Trade Publishers in San Diego, then Disney Hyperion in New York, followed by creating award-winning work for branding and digital studios as a visual designer and Creative Director back in California. Today, Jennifer is following her heart and is writing and illustrating picture books, as well as running her own design studio designing for the coolest clients such as trade publishers and The San Diego Air & Space Museum. Jen is also a member of  #SCBWI and #12x12PB and a 2022 #PBParty Illustration Showcase finalist.

Links to design work

Sage & Spruce Design | Visit here

Linked In | Visit here

Creative Quest | Visit here

 Giving Back

Education for Homeless Youth

Jennifer supports The Monarch School through donations. The Monarch School has served San Diego for over three decades, beginning as a one-room education center and expanding into a K-12 comprehensive school designed to educate homeless youth.

Learn more

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 Member of SCBWI

A passion for children’s literature

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Their mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.