Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 29, 2020

Meet Illustrator Larissa Marantz – Art Director Andrea Miller – Editor/Author/Illustrator Mira Reisberg

Meet the extraordinary team co-teaching the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books Game-Changing Course – Larissa, Andrea, and Mira

The Children’s Book Academy is delighted to be offering another session of their flagship interactive e-course!

CRAFT & BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS (–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html

Registration just opened with some early bird discount and scholarship opportunities. One of the most amazing highlights of this course (and the testimonials bear this out) is its trio of teachers.  The 2020 Summer CBICB course is co-taught by former student and now successful illustrator, Larissa Marantz, and 2 acquiring Art Directors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Senior Designer and Art Director Andrea Miller, and Clearfork/Spork Editor and Art Director, Dr. Mira Reisberg. All of them are also published illustrators with MANY years of experience in the field.

Joining CBA for the first time as a co-instructor, Illustrator Larissa Marantz ( began working as a Character Designer for Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power and Rugrats TV shows. Her picture book illustration career started when she left the animation studio to stay at home with her young children. In between numerous play dates, and hundreds of diaper changes, she illustrated almost a dozen books for Nickelodeon’s licensed properties. After she took the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books course, she landed a fantastic agent and her career took off. During the 2019 course, Mira invited Larissa to join one of the Friday mentoring classes and she was so incredibly generous doing draw overs and giving students advice, Mira invited her to join the next class as a paid co-instructor. Larissa has taught art classes to thousands of children through her after-school enrichment program, OC Art Studios as well as digital painting classes at Laguna College of Art + Design. She jogs to fast beats, yoga stretches to slow beats and spends most of her days sipping coffee while creating illustrations for children’s book projects with her husband and creative partner, Keith Marantz.

Here are some of Larissa’s published works:

Andrea Miller ( has designed and/or art-directed many successful children’s books for both Sterling Publishing and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt including, “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” by Josh Funk, “Mira Forecasts the Future” by Kell Andrews, “Accident!” by Andrea Tsurumi and “Winter Dance” by Marion Diane Baur. She co-art directed and designed the #1 national best-selling children’s book, John Oliver’s “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo”. Andrea is also a published illustrator, and is co-creating a series of comics with her wife. In addition, she also designs and art directs at HMH’s new graphic novel imprint Etch where she is having a fantastic time. Andrea is excited and honored to rejoin the Children’s Book Academy as part of their esteemed faculty while looking for fresh talent in this course.

Dr. Mira Reisberg ( is a multi-published award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. Besides running the Children’s Book Academy, she is also an acquiring Editor and Art Director at Clear Fork Publishing’s children’s book imprint Spork. Mira is also a former children’s literary agent, and a university professor who taught kid lit writing and illustrating courses as well as teacher ed. She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature and has helped MANY writers and illustrators get published. Her job at Spork allows her to help even more people.

And here are some of the student books Mira has edited and art directed:

​Either Mira or Larissa or Andrea will be with you each day to help guide and inspire you on this journey illustrating picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade or graphic novels or creating portfolio pieces (although the primary focus is on picture books – you will also learn about these other areas)! In addition, there are weekly live and recorded critiquing sessions with the co-teachers and a special industry guest, and weekly mentoring sessions by now published former students.

One of the most tantalizing possibilities CBA’s CRAFT & BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOK

(–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html) offers is the chance of working one-on-one with your choice of these three amazing co-teachers when you opt for the SUCCESS LEVEL REGISTRATION.

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS GETS THE MENTORED INTERACTIVE e-COURSE; THIS INCLUDES the many start today pre-course bonuses (see below) the weekly critiquing webinars and submission opportunities, the wonderful interactive community, co-teacher access, the many lessons, worksheets, templates, and handouts, the free critique groups and so much more! This level is called the Big Bonus (!

THE BIG BONUS + SUCCESS WITH ANDREA OR LARISSA OR MIRA LEVEL includes a unique one-hour, in-person hands-on critique with Andrea or Mira via either Skype, Facetime or private webinar. These deeply discounted critiques function like a customized course-within-a-course focused on you, your work, and your career!


  • The best reason to join the Children’s Book Academy community with this course is because of their phenomenal track record of award-winning multi-published students who have studied with them.
  • CBA gives an extraordinary amount of time, resources, bonuses, personal help, instruction or resources that also include introductions to editors, art directors, and agents in weekly critiques and phenomenally predisposed skip-the-slush-pile submission opportunities that have helped many students publish
  • The courses are size-limited to ensure that everyone gets attention and critiques
  • Courses are taught and assisted by acquiring art directors, editors, and agents who love helping our students with former now successful students also helping
  • Courses are tremendous fun and incredibly productive 

When you are done, you will have:

  • Learned new traditional and contemporary art making techniques
  • Learned fantastic time-saving and non-mess making digital art techniques
  • Created, Revised and/or Polished your Picture Book Dummy or Portfolio pieces
  • Spruced up your Bio and Query
  • Amped up your Marketing Skills
  • And become part of a wonderful lifelong community

Ready to join the course and grab one of our limited critiques with one of these CBA incredible instructors? You’ll be grateful that you did! 


Talk tomorrow,


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