Kim Sponaugle

Kim Sponaugle - Designer Tick

Carneys Point Township, NJ, USA

Children's book illustration book cover design where you will find children's adventures, dragons & fairies and faith journeys for kids.

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Overview

Hi! I'm a children's book illustrator and cover designer located in the farm land of southern New Jersey, USA. I am a grad of AIPH, with a concentration in graphic design. I love to illustrate.

In 2007, I started my dream job as a freelance illustrator. Since then, I have had the opportunity to illustrate for traditional publishers and independent clients, creating children's books and middle grade books for kids of all ages.

I try to create characters kids will love and want as a friend. Whether it is a yellow clumsy dragon, a shy flower fairy or daddy hedgehog, I enjoy showing expressive emotion in my characters to make them memorable. Much of my work features children's adventures, fantasy/ animal tales, and Christian faith based story telling which is my favorite type of work.

Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Christian
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Awards

  • Story Monster Approved
  • CIPA EVVY Award
  • Loewenherz-Creative Award
  • Reader Views Kids Award for Best Children’s Picture Book of the Year
  • Reviewer's Choice Awards
  • Literary Classic Book Award
  • Best of the Year Award- 2015, Family Review Center
  • Realm Award 2018- Children' picture book
  • Gold Mom's Choice award

Work experience

Children's book illustrator/Book cover designer

Self-employed
March, 2007 – Present (over 11 years)

Experienced in illustrating and designing book covers and interior art for children's books, young readers thru middle grade chapter books. Known for expressive dragons, fairies, and all types of woodland creatures, my strength is in expressing emotion and action in my visual story telling. Most of my work features children's adventures, faith based and family friendly stories for kids.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch (Willoughby and Friends Book 1)

Pam Halter

Willoughby has an itch he can’t reach. An itch he can’t scratch. Not just a little itch, a TERRIBLY ITCHY ITCH. Nothing he does will make it go away. What can a dragon do when he has an itch he can’t reach? He calls for help, of course! See how some unlikely friends get together to relieve Willoughby of his terribly itchy itch.Willoughby is a young, somewhat clumsy, gentle dragon who is learni... read more

Willoughby has an itch he can’t reach. An itch he can’t scratch. Not just a little itch, a TERRIBLY ITCHY ITCH. Nothing he does will make it go away. What can a dragon do when he has an itch he can’t reach? He calls for help, of course! See how some unlikely friends get together to relieve Willoughby of his terribly itchy itch.Willoughby is a young, somewhat clumsy, gentle dragon who is learni... read more

Willoughby and the Lumpy Bumpy Cake (Willoughby and Friends) (Volume 2)

Pam Halter

Willoughby has a problem. Tomorrow is Rosewings’ birthday, and every cake Willoughby tries to bake ends up lumpy, bumpy, black and burned. How will he ever surprise his friend? Frustrated, Willoughby tosses the burnt lump of cake out his cave door where it hits someone on the head. Someone BIG. Someone Willoughby never expected to meet. Is Willoughby in more trouble than just not having a cake... read more

Willoughby has a problem. Tomorrow is Rosewings’ birthday, and every cake Willoughby tries to bake ends up lumpy, bumpy, black and burned. How will he ever surprise his friend? Frustrated, Willoughby tosses the burnt lump of cake out his cave door where it hits someone on the head. Someone BIG. Someone Willoughby never expected to meet. Is Willoughby in more trouble than just not having a cake... read more

Tales of the Canterbury Rabbits: Eva's Flopsy-Lopsy Hat

Laura Brigger

Journey to the English country side and meet a family of bunnies, who are raised by their nanny Tully Tot Tot while Father and Mother are away. Eva is wearing her new flopsy-Lopsy hat and her smart clothes. She has invited her friend Meg over for afternoon tea. "Grubby Bunnies" better not interrupt their tea party, Eva warns her brothers and sisters.As Eva and Meg sit down for tea a gust of wi... read more

Journey to the English country side and meet a family of bunnies, who are raised by their nanny Tully Tot Tot while Father and Mother are away. Eva is wearing her new flopsy-Lopsy hat and her smart clothes. She has invited her friend Meg over for afternoon tea. "Grubby Bunnies" better not interrupt their tea party, Eva warns her brothers and sisters.As Eva and Meg sit down for tea a gust of wi... read more

Beatrice's New Clothes (Adventures of Beatrice)

Pam Halter

Book by Halter, Pam

Book by Halter, Pam

Book by Halter, Pam

Duck and Friends: The Dinosaur Bones

Donna Gielow McFarland

Meet Duck -- a clever, resourceful farmer -- and his best friends, Hen and Cat. When Duck reads a book about fossils, he invites his friends to come with him on a dinosaur dig. It turns out that digging up the bones is the easy part. Back at the farm, the other animals aren't too sure they really want a T-Rex skeleton in the barn... Written for beginning readers, this silly, fast-paced adventu... read more

Meet Duck -- a clever, resourceful farmer -- and his best friends, Hen and Cat. When Duck reads a book about fossils, he invites his friends to come with him on a dinosaur dig. It turns out that digging up the bones is the easy part. Back at the farm, the other animals aren't too sure they really want a T-Rex skeleton in the barn... Written for beginning readers, this silly, fast-paced adventu... read more

Rupert The Very Naughty Elephant

Laura Brigger, Kim Sponaugle

Rupert is a very naughty elephant, he does not want to get out of bed, do his chores, eat his breakfast. Rupert is naughty at school too. One day a new girl comes to school and she is very naughty. Is she naughtier than Rupert? She throws fits, bullies her classmates and is mean to the teacher. Rupert sees her behavior and begins to think about how he has been acting. He sees just how naughty ... read more

Rupert is a very naughty elephant, he does not want to get out of bed, do his chores, eat his breakfast. Rupert is naughty at school too. One day a new girl comes to school and she is very naughty. Is she naughtier than Rupert? She throws fits, bullies her classmates and is mean to the teacher. Rupert sees her behavior and begins to think about how he has been acting. He sees just how naughty ... read more

Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon

Terry John Barto

Dragons are magical. Some are ferocious, some are friendly, and some are silly, but whatever kind of dragon it is, we love reading about them and their incredible adventures. Nickerbacher is a very special dragon. He wants to make his family proud of him, but he doesnt want to be like all the other dragons. Hes afraid to tell his papa that there are enough dragons to guard princesses.What Nick... read more

Dragons are magical. Some are ferocious, some are friendly, and some are silly, but whatever kind of dragon it is, we love reading about them and their incredible adventures. Nickerbacher is a very special dragon. He wants to make his family proud of him, but he doesnt want to be like all the other dragons. Hes afraid to tell his papa that there are enough dragons to guard princesses.What Nick... read more

Nickerbacher

Terry John Barto

Nickerbacher is a dragon and aspiring comedian who travels to La La Land to audition for The Late Knight Show. Hoping to prove to his father - and the world - that dragons can be funny. Nickerbacher befriends a prince and a princess who help him realize his dream while paving the way for equal rights of all citizens. Nickerbacher is an Amazon #1 Bestseller, the recipient of the Feathered Quill... read more

Nickerbacher is a dragon and aspiring comedian who travels to La La Land to audition for The Late Knight Show. Hoping to prove to his father - and the world - that dragons can be funny. Nickerbacher befriends a prince and a princess who help him realize his dream while paving the way for equal rights of all citizens. Nickerbacher is an Amazon #1 Bestseller, the recipient of the Feathered Quill... read more

The Biggest Little Brother

Aminata Jalloh

Getting adjusted to a new baby can be tough, however, what happens when a new, older, sibling comes into the family? Sowa is used to being the oldest and always helping his Mom and Dad and his little sister Naiya. But when his big brother, Hindo, moves from Sierra Leone to live with them in Atlanta, Sowa suddenly realizes that he isn't the oldest anymore.This story touches the ideas of comprom... read more

Getting adjusted to a new baby can be tough, however, what happens when a new, older, sibling comes into the family? Sowa is used to being the oldest and always helping his Mom and Dad and his little sister Naiya. But when his big brother, Hindo, moves from Sierra Leone to live with them in Atlanta, Sowa suddenly realizes that he isn't the oldest anymore.This story touches the ideas of comprom... read more

Baby Time Rhymes

Linda Kandelin Chambers

Celebrate the joy and wonder of early childhood with lilting rhymes and lustrous illustrations! Simple yet memorable poems about teddy bears, tea parties, and tigers are a wonderful introduction to the joy of language. Familiar experiences in a childs life are delightfully expressed in fresh poetry and colorful, whimsical illustrations. Original lullabies with sheet music make this splendid co... read more

Celebrate the joy and wonder of early childhood with lilting rhymes and lustrous illustrations! Simple yet memorable poems about teddy bears, tea parties, and tigers are a wonderful introduction to the joy of language. Familiar experiences in a childs life are delightfully expressed in fresh poetry and colorful, whimsical illustrations. Original lullabies with sheet music make this splendid co... read more

Pepi Meets Maxi (Hello Pepi : A Toy Dog is for Real Book 4)

Alarna Rose Gray

Some mysterious strangers turn up on Pepi's doorstep, with unexpected consequences.Based on a true story, Pepi Meets Maxi is a rookie's guide to making friends.Told in verse, with whimsical illustrations, this seven part series is one that grownups and littlies alike will love to read.

Some mysterious strangers turn up on Pepi's doorstep, with unexpected consequences.Based on a true story, Pepi Meets Maxi is a rookie's guide to making friends.Told in verse, with whimsical illustrations, this seven part series is one that grownups and littlies alike will love to read.

Randy Kazandy Where Are Your Glasses?

Rhonda Fischer

Meet Randy Kazandy who needs glasses but does not like them at first. He is funny, witty and the book is in rhyme. Find out what happens that gets Randy to Love his glasses. Find hidden glasses throughout the story. This award-winning book is a joy to read over and over again. Go to the website and email Randy and play free games! You will find famous people who needed to wear glasses. Randy's... read more

Meet Randy Kazandy who needs glasses but does not like them at first. He is funny, witty and the book is in rhyme. Find out what happens that gets Randy to Love his glasses. Find hidden glasses throughout the story. This award-winning book is a joy to read over and over again. Go to the website and email Randy and play free games! You will find famous people who needed to wear glasses. Randy's... read more

Randy The Raindrop - I'm A Little Raindrop

Patty Wiese

Randy the Raindrop is about a raindrop character who loves to make friends with boys and girls and see them having fun on a rainy day.Randy enjoys dropping by to make new friends and visiting those he already knows, wherever it may be raining. You never know where in the world he may land--on your front porch, in your backyard or in the park nearby. He loves to see children having a happy day,... read more

Randy the Raindrop is about a raindrop character who loves to make friends with boys and girls and see them having fun on a rainy day.Randy enjoys dropping by to make new friends and visiting those he already knows, wherever it may be raining. You never know where in the world he may land--on your front porch, in your backyard or in the park nearby. He loves to see children having a happy day,... read more

HOPS

Anita Turnage

Haden loves to share exciting adventures with Nana T in her garden. One day, while on hands and knees, they come face to face with a tiny little tree frog. Hops begins to visit daily and Haden’s fascination grows. An endearing story, full of ribbiting surprises, based on the escapades of a very real tree frog named Hops. Watch for future Nana T tales of adventures with her grandchildren at www... read more

Haden loves to share exciting adventures with Nana T in her garden. One day, while on hands and knees, they come face to face with a tiny little tree frog. Hops begins to visit daily and Haden’s fascination grows. An endearing story, full of ribbiting surprises, based on the escapades of a very real tree frog named Hops. Watch for future Nana T tales of adventures with her grandchildren at www... read more

Forever Evergreen

Kay Roberts

Forever Evergreen takes us on an adventure to an enchanted garden with Red, a curious cardinal. When Mother Nature makes a decision that impacts everything in the garden, Red becomes a part of it in a way he never imagined. During his journey, Red learns important lessons about kindness, forgiveness, and how our actions affect others.

Forever Evergreen takes us on an adventure to an enchanted garden with Red, a curious cardinal. When Mother Nature makes a decision that impacts everything in the garden, Red becomes a part of it in a way he never imagined. During his journey, Red learns important lessons about kindness, forgiveness, and how our actions affect others.

Dusty the Dustball and Family: Their Adventure Begins

Edward Pickhardt Jr.

Dusty heard the sound of the bulldozers arriving to demolish the old house he and his family had been living in. There was a broken toy fort in the basement which Dusty and his family had called home for some time. As the sound of the bulldozers grew closer, the dust ball family caught a stiff breeze and floated out an open window, hoping to find a new home. The Dust Ball family will have the ... read more

Dusty heard the sound of the bulldozers arriving to demolish the old house he and his family had been living in. There was a broken toy fort in the basement which Dusty and his family had called home for some time. As the sound of the bulldozers grew closer, the dust ball family caught a stiff breeze and floated out an open window, hoping to find a new home. The Dust Ball family will have the ... read more

Jeremy and Red Jeep: Road Trip

Debra Lenser

Jeremy and Red Jeep are on a road trip when they happen upon Chester, a traveling tortoise, on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chester is stuck, and it’s up to Jeremy and Red Jeep to set him free.

Jeremy and Red Jeep are on a road trip when they happen upon Chester, a traveling tortoise, on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chester is stuck, and it’s up to Jeremy and Red Jeep to set him free.

Grumpy

Anita Turnage

Haden and Ella Grace love to visit Nana T at the beach! They discover a very fussy blue heron living under a bridge nearby. Enjoy their visits to the bridge and the merriment that follows. An endearing story, full of beach fun and learning, based on the escapades of a very cranky bird, who they name Grumpy.

Haden and Ella Grace love to visit Nana T at the beach! They discover a very fussy blue heron living under a bridge nearby. Enjoy their visits to the bridge and the merriment that follows. An endearing story, full of beach fun and learning, based on the escapades of a very cranky bird, who they name Grumpy.

Who Is Jesus?

MaryAnn Diorio PhD

Children ask tough questions. Questions like, "Does Jesus still love me when I'm naughty?" This kind of question can pose a special challenge to parents, grandparents, and caregivers as they teach their children about God. In this delightful, heart-warming book, award-winning author Dr. MaryAnn Diorio helps answer some of these tough questions. As a mother, grandmother, and teacher, she has fi... read more

Children ask tough questions. Questions like, "Does Jesus still love me when I'm naughty?" This kind of question can pose a special challenge to parents, grandparents, and caregivers as they teach their children about God. In this delightful, heart-warming book, award-winning author Dr. MaryAnn Diorio helps answer some of these tough questions. As a mother, grandmother, and teacher, she has fi... read more

Why Did God Make Feet?

Richard Swan Dahlberg

A young child has questions about life, and growing up, and about her place in this world. Her dad has answers that are practical, spiritual, and sometimes comical! The journey ends with the ultimate question: Why do you thing I exist? The dad’s response is endearing and affirming, and points to God’s love and purpose for her life.

A young child has questions about life, and growing up, and about her place in this world. Her dad has answers that are practical, spiritual, and sometimes comical! The journey ends with the ultimate question: Why do you thing I exist? The dad’s response is endearing and affirming, and points to God’s love and purpose for her life.

AMARI's Great Adventures: The Magical Playground

Deborah D. Harris

Amari's Great Adventures: The Magical Playground, is the first book in a children's book series featuring Amari and his bigger than life animal friends. Colorful illustrations and authentic characters bring Amari's African American and Nigerian heritage to life. As the story unfolds, the reader meets Otu the lion, Ifiok the tiger, Lily the elephant and Henrietta the giraffe. Amari loves playin... read more

Amari's Great Adventures: The Magical Playground, is the first book in a children's book series featuring Amari and his bigger than life animal friends. Colorful illustrations and authentic characters bring Amari's African American and Nigerian heritage to life. As the story unfolds, the reader meets Otu the lion, Ifiok the tiger, Lily the elephant and Henrietta the giraffe. Amari loves playin... read more

Just a Quilt?

Dalen Keys

Please include this description: When is a quilt more than a quilt? When it’s placed in the hands of six-year-old Chase at an age when imagination knows no limits. This beautifully illustrated book weaves a tale of a young boy’s prized possession―a well-loved coverlet (or blanket) which magically seems to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Share this delightful story with your child and... read more

Please include this description: When is a quilt more than a quilt? When it’s placed in the hands of six-year-old Chase at an age when imagination knows no limits. This beautifully illustrated book weaves a tale of a young boy’s prized possession―a well-loved coverlet (or blanket) which magically seems to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Share this delightful story with your child and... read more

Ping and Po-Li

Audrey Moore

Ping the Panda tires of eating bamboo and takes a stroll to the man village to his friend Po-Li. They embark on a food adventure through the Asian Rainforest in search of tasty treats. They have great fun discovering what other animals eat and meet some very interesting new friends along the way, including a coconut crab and a vulture named Vicky. All the animals that feature in the book are e... read more

Ping the Panda tires of eating bamboo and takes a stroll to the man village to his friend Po-Li. They embark on a food adventure through the Asian Rainforest in search of tasty treats. They have great fun discovering what other animals eat and meet some very interesting new friends along the way, including a coconut crab and a vulture named Vicky. All the animals that feature in the book are e... read more

Annie's Message: Special needs, Down Syndrome, Christmas story, Sibling rivalry, educational and entertaining

Diane Smit

With a smile that can melt an iceberg, Annie's strong will, sometimes gets her into trouble, especially with her sister Emma. Annie also has Down syndrome, making her extra special. Though Emma understands that Annie can't help the way she is, it wasn't until the annual Christmas play that Emma learns to appreciate her sister because "Annie says it like it is." Illustrated beautifully by Kim S... read more

With a smile that can melt an iceberg, Annie's strong will, sometimes gets her into trouble, especially with her sister Emma. Annie also has Down syndrome, making her extra special. Though Emma understands that Annie can't help the way she is, it wasn't until the annual Christmas play that Emma learns to appreciate her sister because "Annie says it like it is." Illustrated beautifully by Kim S... read more

Stubby's Destiny

Dixie Phillips

“Stubby’s Destiny” is an inspirational story about a defeated donkey, Stubby, who feels he was born wrong. He was just about to give up when Divine destiny tapped him on the shoulder. He was chosen to carry the King of Kings upon his back. “Stubby’s Destiny” will bring hope to hurting children who feel their situation is hopeless.

“Stubby’s Destiny” is an inspirational story about a defeated donkey, Stubby, who feels he was born wrong. He was just about to give up when Divine destiny tapped him on the shoulder. He was chosen to carry the King of Kings upon his back. “Stubby’s Destiny” will bring hope to hurting children who feel their situation is hopeless.

Gazillions, Bunches, Oodles & Tons

Donna Scott Nusrala

What will get rid of that pesky monster under the bed? Gazillions bunches, oodles and tons of love from mom of course. But...how much is that? And is it enough? Can you see gazillions? Or hear oodles? And how about a tingly kiss and a tickly hug with every I Love You. Watch fear disappear as love conquers the monster under the bed. This story was inspired by the curiosity and imagination of th... read more

What will get rid of that pesky monster under the bed? Gazillions bunches, oodles and tons of love from mom of course. But...how much is that? And is it enough? Can you see gazillions? Or hear oodles? And how about a tingly kiss and a tickly hug with every I Love You. Watch fear disappear as love conquers the monster under the bed. This story was inspired by the curiosity and imagination of th... read more

Hello Pepi (Hello Pepi: A Toy Dog is for Real Book 1)

Alarna Rose Gray

When a tiny puppy finds his way into Mona’s heart and home, a lifetime’s adventure is born.Based on a true story, Hello Pepi is an endearing tale of a toy dog’s irresistible joie de vivre.Told in verse, with whimsical illustrations, this seven part series is one that grownups and littlies alike will love to read.

When a tiny puppy finds his way into Mona’s heart and home, a lifetime’s adventure is born.Based on a true story, Hello Pepi is an endearing tale of a toy dog’s irresistible joie de vivre.Told in verse, with whimsical illustrations, this seven part series is one that grownups and littlies alike will love to read.

A Time For Fall Fun (Four Seasons)

Debbie Estrem

Time For Fall Fun is the second book in my Four Seasons series. Beautiful illustrations of family activities to do in Fall through the eyes of young children playing and experiencing outdoor fun. (Includes a bonus interactive section)

Time For Fall Fun is the second book in my Four Seasons series. Beautiful illustrations of family activities to do in Fall through the eyes of young children playing and experiencing outdoor fun. (Includes a bonus interactive section)

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