I draw cute animals and zombies.

E-mail: n.magruder@gmail.com

Illustrator Extraordinaire

Nilah is a writer and artist in Los Angeles. From her beginnings in the woods of Maryland she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. Naturally, all of her school notebooks were full of doodles of animals and cartoon characters.

Nilah received a B.A. in communication arts from Hood College and B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children's books, film and commercial television.

When she is not drawing or writing, Nilah is reading fantasy novels, watching movies, rollerskating, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.


Selected Clients


  • July 31, 2017 - I will be exhibiting at Small Press Expo in September. I'll have copies of HOW TO FIND A FOX and limited copies of M.F.K. Later in the month I am also a guest at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. See you there!
  • May 25, 2017 - M.F.K. is up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more! Be sure to tell your local indie bookstores and libraries that you want M.F.K.!
  • December 15, 2016 - I will be illustrating CREAKY ACRES, a middle-grade graphic novel coming in 2019! Read the Publisher's Weekly announcement here.
  • October 24, 2016 - HOW TO FIND A FOX will be in bookstores November 15! You can pre-order at your favorite bookseller or request it from your library.
  • October 17, 2016 - I'm thrilled to be a part of the ALL OUT short story anthology, edited by Saundra Mitchell! Read the Publisher's Weekly announcement here.
  • October 3, 2015 - My picture book has a new title! Keep an eye out for HOW TO FIND A FOX, releasing November 2016!
  • March 26, 2015 - From Publisher's Marketplace: McDuffie Diversity Award-winning author/illustrator Nilah Magruder’s FOX HUNT, in which a little girl sets out to snap a photo of the elusive red fox, to Anna Roberto at Feiwel and Friends, in a pre-empt, by Michelle Witte at Mansion Street Literary Management.



Nilah Magruder
Los Angeles, California