Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.

Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

Astounding Book Ideas! November 4 2019


Peruse through some Exciting Book Ideas from our Astounding Artists!

Not only are the Astound artists fantastic illustrators but some of them also create stories of their own! We encourage our author/illustrators to develop their work into the form of a few spreads. We will always bring the portfolio of work with us to meetings – so if you are interested in the latest stories from some of the most exciting illustrators, be sure to let us know!

From Kakapo’s to Bumble Bees, and Scaredy Ghosts to Cheeky Tigers, we have a whole variety of subjects waiting to be published. Take a look through the slideshow for a glimpse at what we have to offer!

And if you would like more information of any of the stories, let your Astound Agent know!


Angela Rizza – Kakapo – Step into Angela Rizza’s wonderful world of Curious Creatures. This elaborate and ornately illustrated book is sure to capture the imagination and interest of readers young and old!

Melanie Mikecz – A Job for Penelope – Penelope is a small dog that wishes to be more than a family pet. She spends a week trying out various careers with no success. After multiple missteps and disappointments, Penelope discovers her true calling as a therapy dog.

Talitha ShipmanFly – When a young boy finds a leaf in the park, he grows his own wings and begins to fly. Up in the air he soars and sails, and darts and dashes with his friends. All before dipping and diving back down to earth for lunch! This is a gentle but magical picture book with a simple narrative and beautiful artwork that would be perfect for reading together before bedtime.

Agatha Meles – Bao The Little Giant Panda – Bao is a little giant panda living in Sichuan, China, which is known as the land of the four rivers. As he heads out into the forest in search of food, a storm rolls in and Bao is afraid. As he hides in his mother’s arms, she teaches him why he needn’t be afraid of nature, and he learns to face his fears.

Chiara Fiorentino – The Most Delicious Cake – It’s Lucy’s birthday and all her friends have decided to make a birthday cake for her. Each cake is different but Lucy doesn’t like any of them. Then disaster strikes and the result is the perfect cake! Join Lucy and her friends to discover how teamwork can create the perfect ending.

Talitha Shipman – Bumble, Bumble, Buzz! – When an energetic young bumblebee loses his ability to buzz, he fears he will never fly again, but his Mama has a natural solution that will help him overcome a chilly obstacle. With a number of bumble bee facts, this story aims to highlight the importance of the humble bumble.

Katie Wood – The Princess Race – Who is your favourite Princess? It can be a difficult choice to make but with a ‘Top Trumps’ style card for every Princess competing, you’ll have lots of fun deciding with your friends who has the skill and power to be awarded the ‘Triple Crown’. This fast-paced story is sure to engage boys and girls alike, and with the added bonus of a toptrump cards game, it will keep them busy for hours.

Spike Maguire – Scaredy Ghost – There once was a little ghost who was very scared of everything. Especially people. He didn’t like the way they screamed all the time. This is the story of how a young boy went camping one night in the woods, where the little ghost lived. And how the boy and the ghost made friends telling stories with happy endings!

Spike Maguire – Perfect As You Are – This is a beautiful picture book helps teach children that special talents come in all forms – and that Ben’s talent is perhaps the most important of all – caring for other people and keeping them safe.

Jake Souva – The Very Cheeky Tiger – Charlie the cheeky Tiger knew just how to get away with all the mischief he pleased. When his Mommy said, “Don’t run,” he’d skip, and when his Mommy said, “Don’t skip,” he’d jump! In this story Charlie learns that sometimes rules are there for a reason, and help stop you from getting hurt…

Belinda Chen – Little Seagull – Little Seagull is a very inquisitive little bird who loves to count. Join him on his busy day of counting and learn your numbers up to 12!

Nadia Ronquillo – Show and Tell – It’s ‘Show and Tell’ at Thomas’ school today, he wants to take Champ, his pet chameleon. Champ is very nervous, he’s never been to school before so he decides to hide. How can Thomas find his chameleon if he keeps changing colour?

Marta Alvarez Miguens – Hide and Seek – In this big book of Hide and Seek, Marta has dreamed up some unique and delightful scenes, which will transport you into the wonderful, magical world of her imagination. How many of her wonderful characters can you find?

Yoss Sanchez – I Have Two Homes – Squirrel used to have one home, but Squirrels parents were sad, and it was making Squirrel sad too. Now Mum and Dad live in separate houses, and everyone is much happier. Squirrel gets to have fun times with both of them now that they are happy! This is a sweet story with a happy ending that can help communicate a difficult subject to younger children.

Valentina Jaskina – We’ll Be So Good Together – Kathy is a girl who wants nothing more than to have a dog. She dreams about an ideal life with an imaginary canine. In reality, she needs to overcome some difficulties when adopting an abandoned puppy, because not all that is important in our life comes in an ideal way. Sometimes our happiness comes to us grimy, with a broken paw.


Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.