Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children’s books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Cat in the Hat. Though I relished The Wind in the Willows as an adolescent.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Far too many to name, but Dr. Seuss is a perennial favorite.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To allow me to make pictures as a living, and to share my work in book form.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Take time to figure out the type of work you want to make for each project, and enjoy yourself as you work.