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!

Me and My Book September 10 2019

Publishing Featurette

Our Artist’s Proudly Show Off Their Published Books from 2019!

We love it when we get to see the samples sent through for our artists. But what is even better is seeing them with their illustrators and the face behind the illustrations. We put out a call for our illustrators to show off their hard drawn work with their latest publications. And we weren’t disappointed!

Scroll through the gallery to see our artists and their books.


Addy Rivera Sonda – Bedtime Snacks by Megan Haave, Hallmark, December 2018

Aleksandra Szmidt – Grandma Hugs by Hannah C. Hall, WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group, July 2019

Alessia Trunfio – Girls Survive: Ann Fights for Freedom by Nikki Shannon Smith and Girls Survive: Emmi in the City by Salima Alikhan, both Capstone, 2019

Alex Willmore – The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt, Simon and Schuster, July 2019

Alice Brereton – This Book is Spineless by Lindsay Leslie, Page Street Publishing, February 2019 and Glacier on the Move  by Elizabeth Rusch, West Margin Press, August 2019

Alice Wong – A New Baby is Love by Rose Bunting, Cottage Door Press, April 2019

Ana Sanfelippo – Build Me A Home by Emily Bannister, Kane Miller Books/EDC Publishing, 2018

Bao Luu – Look Inside Seas and Oceans by Megan Cullis, Usborne Publishing, April 2019 and Little Red Riding Hood by Andy Prentice, Usborne Publishing, May 2019

Carles Ballesteros – Día de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Albert Whitman & Company, 2019

Chelen Ecija – Lexie’s Little Lie by Emma Shevah, Sourcebooks, April 2019

Chiara Fedele – The Brave Cyclist by Amalia Hoffman, Capstone Publishing, August 2019

Chris Saunders – Wish by Chris Saunders, Words&Pictures/Quarto, 2019

David Arumi – Hey! You! Gordon Goat! by Ann Bryant, Franklin Watts, 2018

Elisa Paganelli – Moon’s First Friends by Susanna Leonard Hill, Sourcebooks, April 2019

Gary Boller – Rover’s Junkyard by Gary Boller, Little Hippo Books, Jan 2019


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.