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!

Newly Published! August 24 2018

Featured Artists

A selection of recently published books featuring our Astounding illustrator’s artwork! 

Our #AstoundingArtists are hard at work, creating fantastic illustrations. We are excited to announce the newly published books which feature the artwork from our #Astounding illustrators! From role model kids to mummies and ghosts, there’s no theme our artists can’t bring to life! We’d like to thank all of the publishers and authors who have collaborated with our artists on the wonderfully varied collection of books.

Make sure to follow the links below to check out each artist portfolio and keep up to date with their latest projects. You can also find our full range of #Astounding artists here. Make sure to tweet us your favorites at @astound_us #MeAndMyBook ! And check out / follow us on Instagram @astoundusagency for more fun new work! 


Laura Horton, Never Too Young!, written by Aileen Weintraub, published by Sterling Children’s Books, September 2018.

Chiara GallettiFright Schoolwritten by Janet Lawler, published by Albert Whitman & Company, September 2018.

Chris SaundersWhat the Fluffy Bunny Said to the Growly Bearwritten by P. Crumble, published by Scholastic, March 2018.

Hilli KushnirFive Silly Ghosts, written and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2018.

Hilli KushnirThis Makes Me Sillywritten by Courtney Carbone, published by Rodale/Random House, June 2018.

Talitha ShipmanFirst Snowwritten by Nancy Viau, published by Albert Whitman & Company, September 2018.

Valentina JaskinaGod’s Big Big Churchwritten and published by B&H Kids, August 2018.


Astound Artists 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.