Meet The Illustrators

Chelsea Beck

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED is Chelsea Beck’s first picture book. She’s a staff illustrator at Gizmodo and she lives in Brooklyn. Chelsea graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

We love the lively vintage palette Chelsea used for INSTRUCTIONS– especially the way she gave each programmer her own identifying color– Betty in pink, Jean in yellow and Kay in green. And we were so excited to see how she incorporated the women’s love of math into her illustrations.

We can’t wait to share Chelsea’s pictures, our words, and especially Betty, Jean and Kay’s incredible accomplishments with the world. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED: How A Team Of Women Coded The Future will be in bookstores and libraries everywhere on October 8, 2019!

Francesca Sanna

What could be more amazing than a picture book biography about the boy who invented the chemistry of PURPLE? We are delighted award-winning illustrator Francesca Sanna will make the pictures for PERKIN’S PURPLE: How One Boy Invented a Color and Created a Revolutionary Rainbow. We’ve seen the first few sketches and they are wonderful– William Perkin would be so proud!

Francesca grew up in Italy and lives in Switzerland. We love Francesca’s illustrations for THE JOURNEY and ME AND MY FEAR but when we saw her (pretty purple!) Google doodle for International Women’s History Day we knew she was the one to bring William Henry Perkin’s colorful world to life!

We’re still working on PERKIN’S PURPLE. Perfectly Purple Projects take time! We expect it to be in stores and libraries in fall 2020.