Leslie Harrington

Leslie Harrington – Designer

An illustrator with over 14 years as a monthly contributor to Highlights Magazine for Children focusing on educational/book illustration.


I grew up in the Midwest and am a graduate from The Columbus College of Art and Design. I left Ohio for an adventure out west and started my career in Seattle that had a fledgling video game and high tech industry. At Starwave, Paul Allen’s website and internet based company, I worked on Castle Infinity. Castle Infinity was the first fully released MMOG (Massively MultiPlayer Online Game) designed for children. I was a character designer and background artist. Later, I worked at Humongous Entertainment which was best known for developing multiple edutainment franchises. Best known are, Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox, combined, they’ve sold over 15 million copies and earned more than 400 awards of excellence. After the dot com bust, I began my freelance career working primary in children’s educational illustration for such well known publishers as MITR Learning, Oxford University Press, Pearson/ Scott Foresman, Houghton-Mifflin, It Is Written, Inc., Abingdon Press, Inc., MPS North America, McGraw Hill, Element, LLC, Cengage Learning, Scholastic, Wizards of the Coast, National Geographic, and Regnery Publishing. I’m in my 14th year of creating Highlights Magazine's Goofus and Gallant. It is a sincere honor to be a part of their historic 72 years in print.

Although my work leans towards education-I do have a less bookish side! I love developing new characters and drawing animals. I find inspiration in my collection of Little Golden Books with their fun colors, textures and graphic design. I work best from an art brief listing needs and wants. If it’s a larger project like a picture book, I will read the manuscript and make scribbly thumbnails and confer with the author on their vision. Sketches are done and if tweaks are requested I am happy to make adjustments to one more round of sketches. I’d expect that a picture book would take 4 months or more. Book covers approximately a month and spot illustrations vary depending on the number needed and the amount of detail in each.
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference
  • BFA

Work experience


May, 2004 — Present


The Arabic Club Readers are a series of banded, colourful and fun books for young learners of Arabic, designed to nurture confidence and motivation.
The Arabic Club Readers are a series of banded, colourful and fun books for young learners of Arabic, designed to nurture confidence and motivation.
In this cluster, we find out who's playing by the rules and who's cheating in Hide and Cheat, we go on the hunt of a giant stick insect in Where's Woody, and look for a missing chameleon in Jamie and the Chameleon. In the two non fiction books, Animal Magic an... read more
Accelerate your students' Academic Language Development with the second edition of the Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Content Areas for Kids program. This research-based program: Is flexible enough to be used in any teaching situation Provides explicit inst... read more
Eight-year-old Conrad loves Pinger Park. He knows it's a special place. It's where he and his friends play. It's where colorful fish swim and where pretty flowers grow. It's where people who live in the city go to enjoy the outdoors. The park is even where Con... read more
“Imagine a world without sadness, fear, or evil. That is what God wants for all of us. That is why He gave us the Ten Commandments.”In this illustrated guide, noted moral teacher and popular talk show host Dennis Prager explains the Ten Commandments in a way t... read more
The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief is a fun, colorful look at Reagan's fascinating life for readers ages 5 - 8, from his humble beginnings as the son of a shoe salesman, to his years in Hollywood, his service in WWII, his life as a ran... read more

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