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Christina Rodriguez, children's book illustrator.Photo by Lauri Stumph


Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be an artist.  My Air Force dad would often bring home crayons, paper, and coloring books from his TDYs.  We moved around a lot when I was growing up but I always had my art supplies and beloved books in tow. In high school my art teacher, Ms. Weinstein, encouraged me to pursue art as a career.  This, along with several scholarships and my family’s support, led me to the Rhode Island School of Design.

Since graduating with a BFA in Illustration, I’ve worked with several clients nationwide, including children’s book publishers, magazine publishers, media companies, cultural centers, and private collectors. I like to work on projects that build on my strong multicultural traditions, but also anything that lights the spark of imagination.

I often enjoy visiting schools, workshops, and conferences to talk with enthusiastic readers, writers, and artists of all ages about illustrating children’s books. Additionally, I frequently work as an event coordinator, creating memorable workshops for lovers of children's literature. I currently reside in historic Providence, RI.


  • Nominee, The Tejas Star Book Award for Adelita and the Veggie Cousins 2012-2013
  • Nominee, The Tejas Star Book Award for Baseball on Mars 2010-2011
  • Nominee, The Tejas Star Book Award for We are Cousins 2009-2010
  • Gold Medal Winner for The Wishing Tree, Mom’s Choice 2009
  • Silver Medal Winner for Storm Codes, Mom’s Choice 2009
  • Book of the Year Finalist for Storm Codes, Foreword Magazine 2007
  • Honorable Mention for Storm Codes, Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards 2007
  • Midwest Favorite for Storm Codes, Midwest Booksellers Association 2007
  • Winner, Rhode Island School of Design Scholarship 1999-2003
  • Winner, Air Force Aid Society Scholarship 1999-2003
  • Winner, Airmen Memorial Foundation Scholarship 1999-2001
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