Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saho Fujii


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Saho Fujii is a senior art director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She has designed a wide range of books including picture books, board books, activity and novelty books, middle grade and young adult novels. She currently oversees the LBYR’s picture book list. Over the years, she’s worked with many talented authors and illustrators, including Jerry Pinkney on his Caldecott-winning book, The Lion & the Mouse, and another Caldecott-winning book, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. She has worked with many other award-winning illustrators including Javaka Steptoe, Molly Idle, Bryan Collier, Mordicai Gerstein and John Rocco. She lives in New York City.





The Picture Book Illustration Process: In this presentation, I will go over the process of making picture books from type samples to reviewing proofs. I will also talk about trends in the current market and what we look for in artists at Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Cover Art: A cover is the most important part of the book as that is the first thing that the potential buyer would see when they walk into stores. In this presentation, I will talk about what goes into making covers that stand out from the crowd.

Mentorship: Review and Project presentations.


MENTORSHIP: Picture Book Cover Art workshop

Participants can choose from three titles to create a cover illustration; The Lion and the Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise, and Three Billy Goats. They can send a sketch to me by 1/11 and I will provide comments on the sketches by 2/13. The participants should bring final cover art to the workshop and I will review the final art in front of the group.

How do I register for the sessions?