• Joan C. Waites has been a freelance illustrator for the past 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University in 1982. Employment followed for 15 years as a neo-natal intensive care nurse in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., while she simultaneously returned to college to study illustration and launch her freelance career. Studies were completed at George Washington University, The Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design, The Maryland College of Art and Design, and The Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received a certificate of Illustration in 1990.
    While the majority of her work has been commissioned for the Children’s market, she also has experience in textile and surface design, medical illustration, and advertising art. To date she has illustrated over 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace, work for several children’s magazines, and poster art.
    In addition to freelancing, the artist is an adjunct faculty member of The Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where she teaches various classes for the College’s “Aspiring Artist’s” programs. She serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI, and is a member of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C.


    • Illustrator- Moon’s Cloud Blanket, Pelican Publishing; IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award, 2004
    • Illustrator-Moon’s Cloud Blanket, Pelican Publishing ; National Council for the Social Studies IRA/CBC Award, 2004
    • Illustrator- Tell It Again 2, Gryphon House Publishers; Benjamin Franklin Award, 2001
    • Educational Press Award; Hopscotch Magazine; Art for magazine articles
    • Featured in: The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market Place, Writer’s Digest Books
    • Member: The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrator’s. Has served as the region’s Illustrator Coordinator since fall 2000.
    • Member: The Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC
    • Original art in private collections and part of Keen State College permanent collection of Children’s Book Illustration