Talitha Shipman

Talitha Shipman - Designer

Fort Wayne, United States

Award-winning book illustrator, book cover designer, and editor with over 10 years of experience. I can help with your next book concept!

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Overview

I'm an author/illustrator and designer focusing on picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and board books. I also design book covers for all adult genres. I've worked collaboratively with authors, editors, and art directors from major publishers like Random House, Albert Whitman, PI Kids, and Little Brown to develop illustrations that bring manuscripts to life. My artwork has been described as colorful, vibrant, and exuberant by Kirkus reviews. I have over 10 years of professional experience with clients big and small from everything to full-length 32-page picture books to short and sweet 16-page board books. My experience as a picture book illustrator combined with my graphic design knowledge makes me an excellent choice for illustrating your picture book or the layout and book design after text and illustrations are completed.

I also offer picture book manuscript critiques and editorial services including Developmental Editing, Stylistic Editing, Copy Editing and Proof Reading. If you're looking for an Art Director to take your project from start to finish, and who has experience writing, editing, illustrating and designing picture books, I'm a great choice! I'd love to partner with you to create a truly awesome picture book!

I can also design or illustrate your Adult, YA or Middle-Grade book cover, and create print-ready interior layouts.

"Talitha Shipman was the perfect partner to help us design our children's book. She is a gifted designer with a great eye for detail, presentation and artistic symmetry. I believe Talitha's talents were a significant and meaningful contribution to the final outcome and can hardly wait to work with her again. I would highly recommend her!!" -LaRae Wright (Children Leading Children)


Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Children's - Non-fiction
Nature
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Awards

  • Sidney Taylor Award
  • IPPY Award

Work experience

Illustrator, Designer, Animator

Self-employed
May, 2008 – Present (over 12 years)

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink?

Shannon Bahrke Happe

Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink? written by Shannon Bahrke Happe and illustrated by Ingrid Ochoa tells the story of a young girl who dreamed big dreams and wanted to do so much. She loved doing so many things but, best of all, she loved sports. She wanted to be the best skier in the world and dreamed of competing in the Olympic Games. Wow, that’s a very big dream for a little girl! But the only t... read more

Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink? written by Shannon Bahrke Happe and illustrated by Ingrid Ochoa tells the story of a young girl who dreamed big dreams and wanted to do so much. She loved doing so many things but, best of all, she loved sports. She wanted to be the best skier in the world and dreamed of competing in the Olympic Games. Wow, that’s a very big dream for a little girl! But the only t... read more

First Snow

Nancy Viau

Snowflakes falling! What a treat! Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day. With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this is a charming celebration of the winter season.

Snowflakes falling! What a treat! Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day. With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this is a charming celebration of the winter season.

Applesauce Day

Lisa Amstutz

Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it's time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!

Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it's time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!

You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie

Amy E. Sklansky

Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice.This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved.

Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice.This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved.

Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor

Ann D. Koffsky

More than anything, Judah wants to be a good big brother to his baby sister, Hannah. He even uses his new Maccabee shield to protect her from danger!On the last day of Hanukkah, during a visit to the doctor, Judah refuses to have his shot. Surely, his shield can protect him from germs, too!

More than anything, Judah wants to be a good big brother to his baby sister, Hannah. He even uses his new Maccabee shield to protect her from danger!On the last day of Hanukkah, during a visit to the doctor, Judah refuses to have his shot. Surely, his shield can protect him from germs, too!

You Are My Little Cupcake

Amy E. Sklansky

Your smile is sweet as frosting.Your snuggle can't be beat.Your kiss is irresistibleAnd makes each day complete.From their sugar-sweet smiles to their scrumptious little toes, babies are as irresistible as frosting-covered cupcakes! Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved. With artwork from talente... read more

Your smile is sweet as frosting.Your snuggle can't be beat.Your kiss is irresistibleAnd makes each day complete.From their sugar-sweet smiles to their scrumptious little toes, babies are as irresistible as frosting-covered cupcakes! Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved. With artwork from talente... read more

Everybody Says Shalom

Leslie A. Kimmelman

A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs. Readers can also look for a mischievous gecko that plays hid... read more

A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs. Readers can also look for a mischievous gecko that plays hid... read more

On Your Way

John Coy

A tender look back at a child's first steps, On Your Way is a celebration of growth, movement, and the importance of slowing down to observe life's milestones both big and small. A mother recounts for her child "that day on the porch" when they first tried to walk. As the child totters, stumbles, and flops, young animals nearby gallop, jump, waddle, and hop. Kids will delight in the child's pr... read more

A tender look back at a child's first steps, On Your Way is a celebration of growth, movement, and the importance of slowing down to observe life's milestones both big and small. A mother recounts for her child "that day on the porch" when they first tried to walk. As the child totters, stumbles, and flops, young animals nearby gallop, jump, waddle, and hop. Kids will delight in the child's pr... read more

Talitha has 9 reviews

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Heidi Unkrich
I am very thankful Talitha agreed to work on the book design and cover for my book on sight words. This was a complicated project due to the length of the book and the many details. I don't think either one of us realized the amount of work it would take to prepare my book for publication. I am very pleased with Talitha's book design and cover. And when I came up with a couple of additional req...
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Heidi Unkrich, June 2020


Marcus Brown
Talitha Shipman's work is exceptional. I would hire someone her again.

Marcus Brown, June 2020


Helen Wu
Talitha is so creative and easy to work with, she is professional and fast. She took the book to the next level. I high recommend Talitha!

Helen Wu, June 2020

Talitha Shipman
Thanks so much, Helen!

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Jim Rhodes
Talitha was extremely helpful and made several suggestions that enhanced the quality of my book. Always courteous and easy to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a consultant to take a draft manuscript and get it ready to submit to a publisher.

Jim Rhodes, February 2020


Steven Winn
Talitha's ability as a designer and professionalism were exceeded only by her responsiveness and willingness to go above and beyond. My experience working with her was spectacular, and I am looking forward to working with her again.

Steven Winn, December 2019

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