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Susan Gaber

Worked in watercolors, acrylics, or colored pencils, Susan Gaber’s illustrations captivate the eye and are particularly well suited to mythic stories and folk tales.

Susan began her career working at Newsday as a free-lance illustrator for ten years. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous magazines and she has won many awards for her illustrations. She has illustrated more than twenty children’s picture books. Whether working in muted impressionistic tones, in more vibrant colors, or in a folksy, homespun medium, Susan Gaber has built an impressive list of illustration credits, and has garnered much critical acclaim for her work. Working in watercolors, acrylics, or colored pencils, Gaber’s illlustrations “captivate the eye,” as Barbara Elleman noted in School Library Journal. At times her artistic contributions imbue stories with a folksy feel, while others impart a lushness and vividness of tone, sometimes gaining the feel of elegant fine-art reproductions.

Several years ago Susan’s original paintings used to illustrate The Little Red Hen were displayed in the main branch of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Her versatility is particularly well suited to mythic stories and folk tales such as The Baker’s Dozen or Stone Soup, both written by Heather Forest. Susan currently lives with her family in Huntington, New York. 

She has collaborated on one other book with Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Good Times on Grandfather Mountain.