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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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
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Christian
Women's Fiction

Awards

  • Sidney Taylor Award

Work experience

Illustrator, Designer, Animator

Self-employed
May, 2008 – Present (over 11 years)

Portfolio (7 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

Talitha has 4 reviews

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Karen Myers
Talitha went above and beyond in working with the print on demand company to conform to their (confusing) requirements. She is extremely talented, and the cover art and interior of my coloring book for adults turned out amazing! I also appreciated her excellent communication and responsiveness. Will definitely use Talitha on future projects. Thank you so much, Talitha!

Karen Myers, September 2019

Talitha Shipman
Karen is a wonderful client to work with. She was able to clearly communicate what she wanted but she was also willing to consider my recommendations and suggestions during the project. We had a ...
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Julie Anne Eason
Talitha is the consummate professional. She worked seamlessly with us on a tight publication deadline and produced an amazing book. Don't look any further for help with your children's book--just hire Talitha!

Julie Anne Eason, September 2018

Talitha Shipman
Julie and Kevin are wonderful clients to work with! They're great communicators and very understanding and considerate.

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Julie Anne Eason
Talitha was a true professional from start to finish! I highly recommend her work with children's book design.

Julie Anne Eason, August 2018

Talitha Shipman
Julie was a great client to work with! She was understanding, a great communicator, and allowed me the freedom to use my skills to assist them in their book design. She was open to suggestions and...
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LaRae Wright
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 (color palette and font choice and psychology) and meaning. Talitha communicated well with the entire team - publisher, author and illustrator and was articulate and patient to deal with differences of opinions and offer profes...
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LaRae Wright, February 2018

Talitha Shipman
I just want to say that LaRae and the whole team were great to collaborate with! She's very considerate of artists and designers and wants to create picture books with the highest quality in mind....
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