Cindy Derby is an illustrator and author based out of San Francisco.  How to Walk an Ant is her first picture book (Roaring Brook Press, March 2019).

Other picture book titles (as illustrator) include: Climbing Shadows by Shannon Bramer (Groundwood Books, 2019); Outside by New York Times best selling author Deborah Underwood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020); The Boy and the 800-Pound Gorilla by Jackie Azua Kramer (Candlewick Press, 2020).

Cindy's background is in puppetry and she has performed all over the world.   She received her Master of Arts from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was awarded grants from organizations such as The Jim Henson Foundation and Puppet Animation Scotland to assist in the creation of her shows.  

In 2014 Cindy won the grand prize for her illustration portfolio at the international SCBWI conference in Los Angeles.

Her work is done in watercolor, india ink, gouache and inktense pencils.  Click here to view her videos.


Roaring Brook Press, Enchanted Lion, Lucky Spool Media, 826 Valencia, Groundwood Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Candlewick Press


IDEO - Why this Illustrator Makes Her Own Tools

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators -  Summer Bulletin

KidLit Artist Blog - Puppeteer to Award Winning Illustrator

Top Drawer - Her children's book illustrations win praise for their whimsy and sophistication, putting the career of Cindy Derby on an artful upswing.