Kendra spent her childhood in Nebraska, illustrating short stories, entering poster contests and creating "sellable" wares out of paper placemats.

Since graduating with her BFA from Chicago in 1996, Kendra has worked as a printmaker in both New York and Colorado and has been working as a graphic artist and designer at agencies in NYC and LA for over 15 years.

In 2012 she took her first illustration course, and in 2013, she was hired to illustrate Edward Lear’s “Nonsense Alphabet,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” ( The fourth book she illustrated, “You, the Magician,” was released in November 2014, and can be viewed at

Kendra was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Tomie dePaola Award and was featured in the KidLit411 Illustrator Spotlight this past February. You can find out more about her and her process in this video interview with illustrator Mark Mitchell.