I'm a big lover of books, and an even bigger believer in words and pictures as tools of resistance and empowerment. Books have helped me feel less alone throughout my life, and I hope the books I illustrate will do the same for others. If you're interested in hiring me for book-related work, please contact my literary agent, Kelly Sonnack, at kelly@andreabrownlit.com.

 

It Feels Good To Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn, Henry Holt, 2019

A straightforward and open-ended picture book about gender identity, written by podcaster and parenting advocate Theresa Thorn, illustrated by me (duh!)  in watercolor, gouache, and ink. 

This book is so special to me. If I could go back in time and give any book to my past self, this would be the one. The art in It Feels Good To Be Yourself is a body of work which I made over the span of 6 months, during my final year at Lesley University College of Art & Design. Illustrating this book was my first real opportunity to put my art into the world the way I wanted it to be seen: in full color, accessible to the public, celebrating values that align with my own, destroying the binary, and imagining a world I want to live in! This book gave me a platform to paint the queer utopian cityscapes of my dreams. I have so many things to say about it, but I won't list all those things here. If you're interested, here's a video of me talking about It Feels Good To Be Yourself and what it means to me. You can buy a copy wherever books are sold.

 

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The Every Body Book by Rachel E. Simon, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020

An illustrated sex education guide for kids aged 7 to 12, covering a wide range of topics including gender, sexuality, puberty, hormones, consent, and safety. This book really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone in terms of medical and anatomical illustration! An important resource for your woke pubescent kids. Fully illustrated in color, using Procreate. Available wherever you get your books.

 

 

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The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean, Dial Books, 2020

A middle grade novel about friendship, finding the courage to stand up for yourself, and growing up trans in rural Michigan. This book is so special, and it warms me to know that trans kids today have access to it! Cover illustrated in ink and watercolor, interior sparsely illustrated in crayon, "kid art" style. Available wherever books are sold.

The Gender Identity Workbook For Kids by Kelly Storck, New Harbinger Press, 2018

The Gender Identity Workbook For Kids was the first book I ever illustrated, and it helped me emerge as a young artist in the strange world of illustration. It's an affirming therapy workbook for trans and gender-creative kids aged 5 to 12, including many activities to help facilitate gender exploration and expression. Sparsely illustrated in pen and ink. Available like all the others.

 

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