Lauren Gallegos

Lauren Gallegos - Designer Tick

Arlington, VA, USA

Designer specializing in Children's Book cover and interior layout/design, especially Picture Books and Board Books

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Overview

Since graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton I have illustrated and designed every book I have worked on in my freelance career since 2009. I love working closely with authors to create the right design for their story to make a book that flows well and is easy for kids to follow. Making a book that sells is so important and there's no denying that people really do judge a book by the cover, so make it a good one!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books

Awards

  • 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award - Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult
  • 2018 IPPY Awards - Best Holiday Book
  • 2017 SCBWI SPARK Award - Illustrated Book
  • 2017 USA Best Book Award Winner - Children's Picture Book - Hardcover Category
  • 2017 GOLD Winner of Mom's Choice Award
  • 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award - Children's Book Cover
  • 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award - Children's Picture Book 4-7 years
  • 2015 Moonbeam Book Awards SILVER - Picture Book - All Ages
  • 2014 EUREKA! HONOR winner - California Reading Association

Work experience

Illustrator and Designer

Self-employed
May, 2009 – Present (about 10 years)

I have illustrator and done interior and cover design for almost all of my children's books which have been published by self-publishing authors. The only books that I have not done the design/layout of are books that were published through Traditional Publishing companies. In college, I started as a Graphic Design major and then switched to Illustration, so I have an understanding of both, especially in the field of Children's Books.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Ernie's Wish Trail: A 3D Interactive Children's Picture Book

Maia Orion

Ernie's Wish Trail is a children's picture book enabled for Augmented Reality with an iPhone/ iPad app. In every interaction Ernie has, up pops a new wish to be someone else - an enchantment with their natural gifts. Ernie's wish trail ends in rediscovering simple pleasures and the joys of being himself. This simple story for toddlers and preschool kids, illustrated beautifully, can be enjoyed... read more

Ernie's Wish Trail is a children's picture book enabled for Augmented Reality with an iPhone/ iPad app. In every interaction Ernie has, up pops a new wish to be someone else - an enchantment with their natural gifts. Ernie's wish trail ends in rediscovering simple pleasures and the joys of being himself. This simple story for toddlers and preschool kids, illustrated beautifully, can be enjoyed... read more

The Coal Thief

Alane Adams

Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse—and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble—all the way up ... read more

Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse—and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble—all the way up ... read more

The Egg Thief

Alane Adams

Young Georgie wakes up to a morning of chores back in 1920s Pennsylvania when he gets the bad news―someone has stolen all the eggs in the henhouse. The culprit is Buster, a stray dog who takes Georgie on an adventure to find more eggs. Follow Buster and Georgie and their mischievous antics in this heartwarming tale of farm life in America’s storied past.

Young Georgie wakes up to a morning of chores back in 1920s Pennsylvania when he gets the bad news―someone has stolen all the eggs in the henhouse. The culprit is Buster, a stray dog who takes Georgie on an adventure to find more eggs. Follow Buster and Georgie and their mischievous antics in this heartwarming tale of farm life in America’s storied past.

The Santa Thief

Alane Adams

It's winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating!―but Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands by stealing S... read more

It's winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating!―but Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands by stealing S... read more

The Circus Thief

Alane Adams

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show—Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bo... read more

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show—Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bo... read more

Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida

Robert Scott Thayer

Gold Medal, 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Award in the Children's Educational categoryWinner of the 2015 International Book Award in the Children's Educational categoryPacked with exciting illustrations and interesting facts, this adventure story will enchant as it creates awareness for the endangered Florida manatee. In late September, Kobee Manatee is on a twelve hundred-mile mis... read more

Gold Medal, 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Award in the Children's Educational categoryWinner of the 2015 International Book Award in the Children's Educational categoryPacked with exciting illustrations and interesting facts, this adventure story will enchant as it creates awareness for the endangered Florida manatee. In late September, Kobee Manatee is on a twelve hundred-mile mis... read more

KOBEE MANATEE: A Wild Weather Adventure

Robert Scott Thayer

Winner, Silver Medal in the Children's Adventure Category, 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Winner, Silver Award in Cover Design in Children's/YA Category, 2016 IBPA's Ben Franklin Awards Finalist, Children's Educational Category, 2015 USA Best Book Awards Loaded with surprises and exciting facts about weather, this thrilling tale follows Kobee Manatee as he travels across the ... read more

Winner, Silver Medal in the Children's Adventure Category, 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Winner, Silver Award in Cover Design in Children's/YA Category, 2016 IBPA's Ben Franklin Awards Finalist, Children's Educational Category, 2015 USA Best Book Awards Loaded with surprises and exciting facts about weather, this thrilling tale follows Kobee Manatee as he travels across the ... read more

Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends

Robert Scott Thayer

Winner, Silver Medal in the Interior Design: Children's Category, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award 2018 International Literary Association – Children’s Book Council Children’s Choices Reading ListWinner, Gold Medal in the Children's K-3 Category, 2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Winner, Gold Award in the Children's Picture Books Category, 2017 Mom's Choice Awards“Kobee and his... read more

Winner, Silver Medal in the Interior Design: Children's Category, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award 2018 International Literary Association – Children’s Book Council Children’s Choices Reading ListWinner, Gold Medal in the Children's K-3 Category, 2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Winner, Gold Award in the Children's Picture Books Category, 2017 Mom's Choice Awards“Kobee and his... read more

Rubio and Julienne: A Sweet and Cheesy Tale

Dan Paley

Rubio Fromage sat in his father’s cheese shop and longed to taste the beautiful fruits in the window of the fruit shop across the street. Julienne Chéri sat in her mother’s fruit shop and longed to taste the delectable wheels and savory wedges in the window of the cheese shop across the street. But Rubio’s father hated fruit and Julienne’s mother hated cheese, and the children were forbidden t... read more

Rubio Fromage sat in his father’s cheese shop and longed to taste the beautiful fruits in the window of the fruit shop across the street. Julienne Chéri sat in her mother’s fruit shop and longed to taste the delectable wheels and savory wedges in the window of the cheese shop across the street. But Rubio’s father hated fruit and Julienne’s mother hated cheese, and the children were forbidden t... read more

Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved

Diane Lang

Naturalist and author Diane Lang and artist Lauren Gallegos take children on a guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don't get enough love. Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the scariest critters.

Naturalist and author Diane Lang and artist Lauren Gallegos take children on a guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don't get enough love. Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the scariest critters.

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