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


  • 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.


  • How to Find a Fox Launch Party: Pasadena, CA, November 19, 2016
    Bring your kids and come celebrate the release of my debut picture book! Event starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reading and a signing afterward.
  • Capricon 37: Wheeling, IL, February 16-19, 2017
  • Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA, March 2-5, 2017
  • WonderCon: Anaheim, CA, March 31-April 2, 2017


Nilah Magruder
Los Angeles, California

Please direct children's book inquiries to:
Michelle Witte
Mansion Street Literary Management

And graphic novel/comic inquiries to:
Jean Sagendorph
Mansion Street Literary Management