Hen&ink Coop: Janie Bynum

About Janie Bynum

As an experienced author and illustrator, Janie has created many lovable characters and stories for younger children. Otis, her picture book about a pig who hates mud, was recognized as a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Janie enjoys developing characters to which children (and adults) can connect—especially through humor (and sometimes with a little bit of irony). She is currently focusing on writing and illustrating picture books for younger children—especially board books for babies and toddlers. Janie works in mixed media, including traditional watercolor and digital techniques.

Growing up in Texas, Janie graduated with a BFA in graphic design with an emphasis on illustration. She loves to travel and experience other cultures, drawing inspiration from the people, landscape, and cuisine.

She is also a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for other markets and a huge fan of the Oxford comma, em-dashes, and parentheses.

Known to her friends as a bit of a nomad, Janie and her old dog Oliver live in a nearly-100-year-old storybook house in southwest Michigan—for now.

Get in touch:

Homepage: janiebynum.com

Titles by Janie Bynum

Kiki’s Blankie

Sterling Publishing


The Twelve Days of Christmas in Texas

Sterling Publishing


Get Busy, Beaver!



Rock-a-Baby Band

Little, Brown/Megan Tingley Books



Little, Brown





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