Caroline with her foster cat, Liza. 

Hey There! 
My name is Caroline States, and I'm an illustrator based out of Indianapolis, IN. 
I fell into children's book illustration almost by accident, when a regular at the coffee shop I was working at learned I had studied design and suggested I take a stab at illustrating the children's book he'd written. I ended up securing the contract, and fell in love with creating for the eyes of kids. As an educated designer, I loved exploring how to bend and even break the "rules" of art to appeal to kids, while still creating a technically good composition. In my work before kid's books, I loved playing with bright colors and using light and movement to create a mood, and I feel like I've found a home for my bright and creative style in creating art for little ones. 
I'm the illustrator of 2024 upcoming book Zip Splitzkins, my first official contract in the children's book game, and a member of SCBWI. I'm new to the world of publishing, but I've been so excited about how my first contract has begun to open doors for me. If my work appeals to you, I'd love to connect with you! 

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