For all inquiries regarding job opportunities please contact me at jen dot betton at gmail dot com.
Please note I'm not currently available for self-published projects.
I love to draw and write stories for kids! In Kindergarten I got into trouble for drawing presents on a picture of Santa, and I've been illustrating ever since. My picture books include HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG, my debut as an author-illustrator, published with Putnam (winner of Pennsylvania's Keystone to Reading Book Award) and TWILIGHT CHANT, written by Holly Thompson, published with Clarion (a NCTE Notable Book).
I have a BA in English from Grove City College, a BFA in Painting from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. I also taught illustration and animation as an art professor for many years.
My awards include third place and honorable mention in Children's Market in the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, a SCBWI national mentorship award, and the portfolio grand prize at New England's SCBWI conference.
You can find me in Dallas chasing two munchkins.