MaryJo Scott


I am a freelance illustrator and mother of 3 who can hop a train to NYC and be back in time for the afternoon school bus. Besides filling journals with sketches and words, I moonlight as an open mic storyteller and poet. Growing up the youngest of six and working in my parents' coffee/gift shop, has given me an unending supply of humorous and poignant stories.
So my favorite things are walking out of a library with an armful of books, hiking, gardening, visiting with my chickens (the girls and one talkative rooster) and looking for salamanders under rocks with my kids.
favorite color = orange

BFA, Graphic Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, '88
Masters in Education, University of Bridgeport, '97

past work:
sailed the ocean blue as a Printer for the Queen Elizabeth 2
Graphic Designer for Polo Ralph Lauren
Kindergarten Teacher, Rye Country Day School

present work:
Circulation Desk, Public Library

member of SCBWI
honor award in Portfolio Exhibit, LASCBWI Conference 2012
New Voices in Children's Literature:
Tassy Walden Award Winner, Illustrated Picture Book

illustrated SLEEPYHEADS SNOOZE, Highlights 2015
Authored CORDUROY CONCEPT BOOKS, Viking Penguin 2015/2016


  • children's illustration
  • greeting cards
  • graphic design
  • poetry


  • watercolor
  • pen & ink
  • pencil
  • collage & mixed media
  • printmaking
  • letterpress
  • typography