Christina Rodriguez-Unalt

Christina Rodriguez-Unalt - Designer

Toms River, NJ, USA

I have been illustrating professionally for the children's book market for over a decade, bringing magic and flair to every piece of paper.

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I go by the name C. Rod. Unalt and am a children’s book illustrator. I graduated from the University of Hartford with my Master’s in Illustration. My career began as a scenic painter at a creature shop, where I painted murals and large-scale sculptures for mini golf courses, storefronts, windows, and parade floats. I have illustrated three picture books A Bailar!, I Want to be a Bald Eagle, and The Big Bong Boo. My work has also appeared in children’s magazines and educational textbooks. My clients include Pinata Books, Capstone Press, Heinemann, Cricket Magazine Group, and Seed Media. My work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. I currently teach as an adjunct professor in the Illustration/Animation department at Montclair State University. I live with my husband, our children, a cuddly pup named Yogi and two mischievous kitties, Meeko and Lola, all of whom are a constant inspiration for my own stories and illustrations.

“You have a very distinctive style and that particular book was quite arresting.” - Marcia Lorde of Dinardo Design on Heinemann reader

Children’s Non-Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books


  • MFA
  • Masters in Fine Arts


  • Society of Illustrators Los Angeles

Work experience

Adjunct Professor in Illustration/Animation BFA department

Montclair State University
August, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I teach animation and illustration BFA majors a course in visual narrative. Topics covered include comic book art, story boarding, advertising illustration, and picture books.


May, 2007 – Present (almost 16 years)

Providing deadline oriented illustrations for clients on a professional level including books, educational, and editorial work in the children's book market.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

I Want to Be a Bald Eagle

Troupe, Thomas Kingsley, Rodriguez, Christina Ann

A Bailar!/ Let's Dance! (English and Spanish Edition)

Judith Ortiz Cofer, Christina Ann Rodriguez

The Big Bong Boo

Samantha Lauren Miller, Christina Ann Rodriguez

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