Zoe Saunders

Zoe Saunders - Designer

Cheshire, Chester, UK

I'm a Friendly and professional Children's Book Illustrator. I create sweet and whimsical illustrations which have a timeless charm.

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**Now taking bookings for Picture Book projects in JUNE 2023**
**Cover projects still available**

My name is Zoe and I am a freelance artist and children's book illustrator based in Cheshire, UK.
I have always had a love of artistry. I love to sketch, paint and create sweet characters. I am particularly fascinated by animals, both real and magical, and love the detailed setting of nature and foliage.

I love to work in pen and watercolour and have a cute and whimsical style. I also work digitally and find this offers much more freedom and convenience that it gives when creating children's books. I aim for a whimsical and traditional feel to my digital work too, so that it offers the best of both worlds.

I have worked for authors both in the UK and far away lands, creating bespoke illustrations for their precious stories.

Children's book illustration and design is my passion, and my aim is to not only provide authors with beautiful illustrations for their picture books, but to also provide a friendly, stress-free experience, completed in a timely manner. Each step of the way we will work together, to create the book of your dreams.

I have also worked on projects such as business logos, public house signs, pet food packaging, and private commissions.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss any project you have.



Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Nature
Parenting & Families
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • I am a full member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Awards

  • Honorary mention in the 2018 'SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition' anthology.

Work experience

Children's Picture Book Illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

I am an experienced picture book illustrator who has worked on over 30 books so far. I have helped to guide many first time picture book authors through the process of self publishing their books. Including planning, designing, illustrating, and typesetting, finally presenting the author with their final files ready to upload to Ingram Spark, Amazon KDP or other publishing platform. I have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and aim to make the whole process as fun and stress free as possible.

I have also written, illustrated, and published my own books via Ingram Spark. 'The Lonely Dragon' and 'How to Make a Wish' are available on Amazon and in other book stores.

Portfolio (36 selected works)

Abc Is That Safe for Me?

Diane Lynn Marunczak

Through colorful pictures and fun rhyming verses, learn a variety of different ways to prepare your child to confidently and safely manage school days with food allergies.

Through colorful pictures and fun rhyming verses, learn a variety of different ways to prepare your child to confidently and safely manage school days with food allergies.

The Kindness Seed (Seeds of Imagination)

Linda Appleby

Penelope Green has forgotten kindness until she enters the enchanted fairy woodland. In windy whispers, the magical trees tell Penelope a tale about the fairies, the kindness seed and the Knotlot creatures, who have also lost their kindness.The Queen fairy, with the help of an old wise fairy, Mrs. Plum, is intent on bringing kindness back to the magical kingdom.Miss Indigo, an inquisitive youn... read more

Penelope Green has forgotten kindness until she enters the enchanted fairy woodland. In windy whispers, the magical trees tell Penelope a tale about the fairies, the kindness seed and the Knotlot creatures, who have also lost their kindness.The Queen fairy, with the help of an old wise fairy, Mrs. Plum, is intent on bringing kindness back to the magical kingdom.Miss Indigo, an inquisitive youn... read more

Monty and the Poppit Dragon

Mt Sanders

A Seaside Adventure! Monty, Cookie and the spangles are off on their holidays to sunny Pembrokeshire and the beautiful beach at Poppit Sands.In a cave they meet a new friend, the Poppit Dragon, who is sad because she can't fly.Can Monty and the gang save the day? A funny, sometimes moving, and ultimately uplifting story for children.

A Seaside Adventure! Monty, Cookie and the spangles are off on their holidays to sunny Pembrokeshire and the beautiful beach at Poppit Sands.In a cave they meet a new friend, the Poppit Dragon, who is sad because she can't fly.Can Monty and the gang save the day? A funny, sometimes moving, and ultimately uplifting story for children.

The Lonely Dragon

Zoe Saunders

High up in the mountains, far above the clouds, where the Earth meets the sky, there lived a lonely dragon... The dragon embarks on a great journey travelling far and wide, in search of a friend, another dragon, just like her... ...And in the end, she does find true friendship, but not quite in the way she imagined. This beautifully illustrated story, full of colour and sparkles, demonstrates ... read more

High up in the mountains, far above the clouds, where the Earth meets the sky, there lived a lonely dragon... The dragon embarks on a great journey travelling far and wide, in search of a friend, another dragon, just like her... ...And in the end, she does find true friendship, but not quite in the way she imagined. This beautifully illustrated story, full of colour and sparkles, demonstrates ... read more

Monty and the Ocean Rescue: A Plastic Disaster

Mt Sanders

Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach.When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfydoof instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help.What follows is an adventure that could turn out to be their biggest, and most difficult so far.

Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach.When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfydoof instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help.What follows is an adventure that could turn out to be their biggest, and most difficult so far.

Monty and Friends Save Christmas

Mt Sanders

When Santa visits Monty's house, things don't quite go to plan. Cookie has managed to scare the reindeers away and they are nowhere to be seen. Children around the world are waiting, but who will pull the sleigh?It's going to take a massive effort to save Christmas... and time is running out. A magical festive story of friendship and overcoming the odds.

When Santa visits Monty's house, things don't quite go to plan. Cookie has managed to scare the reindeers away and they are nowhere to be seen. Children around the world are waiting, but who will pull the sleigh?It's going to take a massive effort to save Christmas... and time is running out. A magical festive story of friendship and overcoming the odds.

The Apple Tree

John Rebholz

A true story of a son remembering his father.The story takes the reader on a journey through 3 generations, showing the kind of life his Father had, his adventures and more importantly, what he created.The ‘life-cycle’ of the Apple Tree mirrors his father’s own life, from the moment when he planted the tiny seeds with his own father all those years ago: the beautiful tree grows and blossoms, s... read more

A true story of a son remembering his father.The story takes the reader on a journey through 3 generations, showing the kind of life his Father had, his adventures and more importantly, what he created.The ‘life-cycle’ of the Apple Tree mirrors his father’s own life, from the moment when he planted the tiny seeds with his own father all those years ago: the beautiful tree grows and blossoms, s... read more

How to Make a Wish

Zoe Saunders

Come on a journey through the countryside, as Big Red Fox teaches Little Red Fox how to make wishes. A dreamy children's story with delightful watercolour illustrations, and a heartwarming ending that will leave children feeling wanted, loved and cherished, How to Make a Wish is perfect bedtime reading.

Come on a journey through the countryside, as Big Red Fox teaches Little Red Fox how to make wishes. A dreamy children's story with delightful watercolour illustrations, and a heartwarming ending that will leave children feeling wanted, loved and cherished, How to Make a Wish is perfect bedtime reading.

The Mindful Seed (Seeds of Imagination)

linda Appleby

Harry Brown carelessly throws a rock at a tree and causes a bluebirds nest to fall. He rushes to find help to put the nest back on the tree brunch. Harry’s mother carefully puts the nest back and then they watch as a mommy blue bird sits happily on her eggs. Harry needs to be reminded to be more mindful when he plays. His mother tells him a story about the importance of being thoughtful to oth... read more

Harry Brown carelessly throws a rock at a tree and causes a bluebirds nest to fall. He rushes to find help to put the nest back on the tree brunch. Harry’s mother carefully puts the nest back and then they watch as a mommy blue bird sits happily on her eggs. Harry needs to be reminded to be more mindful when he plays. His mother tells him a story about the importance of being thoughtful to oth... read more

The Sweetest Season

Kerr, Elissa, Saunders, Zoe

The Humble Seed

Appleby, Linda, Saunders, Zoe

Monty and the Land of the Dinodogs

Sanders, Mt, Saunders, Zoe

Sunkissed

Kerr, Elissa, Saunders, Zoe

Come Fly With Me

Amison, Katie, Saunders, Zoe

A Connemara Fairy Tale

Heanue, Nicola, Saunders, Zoe

The Gratitude Seed

Appleby, Linda, Saunders, Zoe

The Mysterious Pool

McIver, Charlene, Saunders, Zoe

Come Fly With Me Colouring Book

Amison, Katie, Saunders, Zoe

Morning Puppa

Anastasia, P, Saunders, Zoe

I Love Your Heart: and All Your Feeling Parts

Gereau, Cara, Saunders, Zoe , Rees, Jennifer

Honey Harvest

Kerr, Elissa, Saunders, Zoe

Mighty Monty: A Newf kind of Superhero

Sanders, Mt, Saunders, Zoe

A Spot of New

Anastasia, P, Saunders, Zoe

A Special Journey

Batty, Leanne E, Saunders, Zoe

Tired Mommy

Dudish, Nicole, Neretlis, Mary, Saunders, Zoe

Ellery's Magic Bicycle

Monte, Maria, Saunders, Zoe

Mabel Menichetti Makes the Best Spaghetti

Groome, Eileen, Saunders, Zoey

Today, I wish for a sister

Bock, Irina, Saunders, Zoe

The Happy Puppy

Placido, Sophie, Saunders, Zoe

WHITE RABBITS

Halewood, Kate

Zoe has 12 reviews

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Sheryl Clarke
This was my second project working with Zoe, and another positive experience. I love her style, and she always manages to find the perfect way to illustrate whatever I ask of her. She is a stickler for a deadline, and always meets the target. I am so happy with the illustrations she has produced, and I believe the value for money is exceptional. She always responds to messages and gives 100%. T...
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Sheryl Clarke, December 2022


Irina Bock
Zoe is highly talented, dedicated and tries to solve an issue with as much precision as one can only ask for. It was a true pleasure working with her and I would absolutely hire her again!

Irina Bock, November 2022

Zoe Saunders
An absolute delight to have worked with you Irina! Thank you for the lovely review, and best of luck with your magical picture book!

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Joanna Ferdman
I am so pleased about my collaboration with Zoe! She is wonderful to work with and I look forward to working with her in the future!

Joanna Ferdman, October 2022


Sheryl Clarke
I enjoyed working with Zoe on my book cover. She made what could have been a daunting first experience easy to navigate, and I was thoroughly pleased with the work she produced for both the book cover and the internal chapter headings.

Sheryl Clarke, September 2022


Cheryl Bennet
Working with Zoe was a wonderful experience. She asked me questions (very relevant) about my character (Rosie Slade) and sensed her straight away. She immediately got the hook of my story and recreated it as a cover. When I saw the first mock up - it was like meeting Rosie for the first time. I hope to work with her again.

Cheryl Bennet, July 2022

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