Zoe Saunders

Zoe Saunders – Designer

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


**IMPORTANT - Now taking bookings for Picture Book projects starting in AUGUST 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.

Children’s Non-Fiction Nature Parenting & Families
Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Honorary mention in the 2018 'SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition' anthology.
  • I am a full member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Work experience


Sep, 2015 — Present

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.


Soft Brown Ears

Matchett, L.


Halewood, K.

The Happy Puppy

Placido, S.

Tired Mommy

Dudish, N.

A Spot of New

Anastasia, P.

Morning Puppa

Anastasia, P.


Kerr, E.

The Humble Seed

Appleby, L.

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. H... read more
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, Ho... 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 ow... read more
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 Chri... read more
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 difficu... 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 fin... read more
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 d... 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, wi... read more
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.

Zoe has 16 reviews





Kim L.

Kim L.

Jun, 2023

Zoe was amazingly easy to work with. She provided valuable information and publishing tips that were important to me considering it is my first foray into the world of publishing. Not only that, the images were spot on! Zoe seemed to be able to read my mind and also came up with suggestions to make the product even better. I will definitely be using Zoe's services again. KIM
Susan P.

Susan P.

Apr, 2023

Zoe was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was willing to make changes over and over until I felt the illustrations were perfect. She had professional and timely advice on things I wasn't sure about. Her work is fabulous. It enhanced my children's poem immeasurably. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and can't say enough good things about her. Thank you, thank you, Zoe, for your exp...
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Lynn M.

Lynn M.

Mar, 2023

Zoe was amazing to work with. Her illustrations are beautiful and she really captured the feeling of my story. She was helpful, patient and went above and beyond helping a new author. I highly recommend her.
Zoe S.
Thank you so much Lynn for your kind review. It was amazing to work with you on your lovely story. Best of luck with your book.
Richard M.

Richard M.

Feb, 2023

It was a delight to work with Zoe, she has brought my books to life with her wonderful illustrations.
Sheryl C.

Sheryl C.

Dec, 2022

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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