BIPOC character illustrations for diverse picture books

Reflecting on the lack of diversity in children’s books today, I created this illustration of two children on a playground.

The child on the top looks like my nieces and looks like I did as a child, a middle eastern woman of color, first generation Iranian-American. The child climbing up the ladder is meant to pay homage to trans kids and non-binary children who could be in the pages of books.

Playground Illustration by Susie Ghahremani /

I am a female BIPOC illustrator available for hire. I have the most experience with animal and nature illustration, and I would also love to work on multicultural picture books or editorial illustration that pushes against the lack of diversity we see in publishing.

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.” — Rudine Sims Bishop

Skills: book + gift, personal work