I’m James Watts. Welcome to a gallery of my children’s book illustrations.  

I've illustrated twenty-four published books for children, including I-Can-Read books, picture books, chapter books,  collections of Native American creation myths, Folk tales, and poetry.  

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I love to use detailed and accurate research to bring natural, historical, fantasy - or just plain old everyday - settings to life for children! I strive to make my characters and animals animated with energy and emotion. My palette is bright and bold. 

So have a look around! Click here for a closer look at my illustrations, here for some reviews. 

My illustrations have: 

Been shown at the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration in New York.  

Received PARENTING magazine’s Certificate of Excellence for distinguished achievement in children’s literature.  

Won the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Don Freeman Grant for Illustrators.  

Been designated International Reading Association Children’s Choices three times.  

I currently teach Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books at San Francisco City College Extension. I have lectured at the University of California Berkeley Extension, The San Francisco Academy of Art University, and before many children and adults in schools and libraries on the subject of illustrating children’s books.

Queries for illustration, school visits, or more information, please contact me at wattsko@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting!

© James Watts 2017