William North spent his youth living in and traveling through numerous countries with his family. From these travels, William had many amazing experiences, a life full of discovery and adventure, which now informs his creative work.

When he majored in Fine Arts, William was a performance artist in which he sought to create community through participation. For example, through the Writer's Center of Washington D.C. William once built a venue in an art fair in which he hung a series illustrations and invited children to write stories to the art.

Since then, William has been a freelance illustrator focusing on various markets, such as editorial and advertising, but his real passion has always been illustrating children's stories.

William believes that children need supportive books that inspire courage and empathy. At the same time, these books need to be filled with humor and joy to offset the experiences that children have in a difficult world. William’s wish is to illustrate such books for children, ones that inspire curiosity, creativity, courage and compassion.

Bachelors in Fine Arts and an AFA in Graphic Design from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
The Illustrator’s Club of Washington D.C.

SCBWI Summer Conference 2021
Los Angeles Summer Conference 2020
SCBWI Winter Conference 2019
Regional SCBWI Conferences 2018-2019

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