Janet McDonnell


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 Janet McDonnell is an illustrator and author living in the calm outskirts of the windy city with her husband, two sons, and their black and white dog, Buster. Her whimsical illustrations combine traditional media and digital magic. In addition to illustrating books, magazines, and puzzles, Janet has both taught and written for children from preschool to high school ages. She also enjoys being an Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her clients include Magination Press, Highlights, Zondervan, and Pearson. 


Janet is also on the board of Play for Peace, an organization bringing together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, compassion and peace.​