Jane Cabrera is best known as an Author and Illustrator of Children's Books.
She has written and illustrated 54 books which have been translated into over
25 languages and won awards in the US and Europe.
Her books range from picture books to simple concept board books.
Many of her books are traditional nursery rhymes, updated with a modern fun twist.
These are published by Holiday House in the US.
Jane studied graphic design at Watford Art college in the mid 1980s, so she mostly had very big hair. She grew up just outside London and as a child she wanted to be an Artist and a Detective. Both require being very nosey. (She run her own detective agency, which had it's own song and dance routine. She had pop up Art exhibitions where she charged her family a entrance fee to view her work!)
Jane came to writing and Illustrating Children's books by first working as a Designer for many years within Children's book publishing. She designed picture books for many of todays top picture book stars and also the Winnie-the-Pooh logo for Disney.
A few years on she tried to go back to Art college to study Illustration, It did not go well. Her trousers split under her bum as she got off the train and the interviewers were horrible. She did not get in. But the Art Director where she was working at the time, came round for dinner and liked some of the Illustrations she had stuck on the wall of her home. They wanted to see the rest of her portfolio. The idea for her first book, Cat's Colours was in there and that is how it all began 20 years ago.
She now lives and has a home studio on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor national park in Devon.
She likes to walk in nature and finds it the best reset button.
She has 2 teenage children and the worlds friendliest dog. She also spends time in London to dip her toe back into city life for galleries and culture.
"I find inspiration everywhere. I was a day dreamer at school. When I was bored (or didn't understand the teacher) I would think up stories and if I could without getting caught, I would doodle and draw. I know I will never be bored if I have a pencil, paper and my imagination. I keep many sketchbooks.
I have too many ideas to all make into books, so I get the strongest and work them up."
From her late teens Jane started travelling (always with a sketchbook in her bag) and she still likes to travel as much as she can for inspiration, a different perspective and adventure.
Along side her Children's Book work she is developing her Fine Art practice.
Her books are painted in acrylic onto paper.
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A selection of Book reviews
There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe Kirkus Review
"Welcome to a new Old Woman and her little ones, too.”
School Library Journal
“A charming reimagining of an originally more cynical nursery rhyme.”
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Kirkus review,
"Cabrera’s winning style—acrylics with bold, black outlines—is perfect for the preschool audience. Both lap listeners and the audience at story hour will be able to see every detail -Another winner from Cabrera."
Fetch Angels and Urchins,
"a charming, heart warming book"
Cat's Colours Books Magazine,
"Jane Cabrera is one of a number of new picture book illustrators who are breaking the mould in terms of style."
Publishers Weekly,"...her style exudes the joy of creation..."
Vivian French for The Guardian, "...Colours that Zing, my favourite 3 year old (who has great taste) sleeps with it under his pillow."
The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud BBC Parenting Parenting magazine,
"A Charming Picture book."
Cat's Cuddles The School Librarian Magazine,
"The language is as alive as the pictures."
Snappy Teeth, Twitchy Nose, Floppy Ears, Bright Eyes Junior Magazine,
"Delightfully bold illustrations and a surprise ending provide added entertainment."
Old Mother Hubbard Publishers weekly,
"Cabrera's Illustrations always virtually bubble over with high spirits"
A wonderful email.
I often receive emails from, parents and teachers. My books are popular in schools and libraries in the USA.
Here is the most wonderful letter.
"Ms. Cabrera, People often put things out into the world and never know how it impacts others, so I wanted to take a moment and tell you the impact your book "Twinkle, Twinkle" has made in my classroom. I have a nonverbal autistic student who has been obsessed with your book since joining my class a little over a year ago. No matter where we put it, he finds it:) I have had to tape and staple it back together more times than I can count. We have used it as an incentive to get him to mand for things and to calm him down. He now has 12 words, one of which is Twinkle. The other day he was upset when I put the book away, so he stood up and started to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle little star,up above world so high". I cannot tell you the excitement, applause, and tears that filled my classroom at that moment. He sang it again yesterday and I was able to get it on video for his mother. Due to his classification I can not share the video with you, or I would, or tell you his name, but I can tell you that you have made a huge amazing positive impact on his life, and on mine. I cannot thank you enough! I just thought you should know the effect your book has had on our classroom. Wishing you the best! "