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Olga Herrera is an Author/Illustrator and co-host of the podcast ILLO CHAT

Debut picture book:The Unwelcome Surprise.


Short Bio (47 words)

Olga Herrera is an Author/Illustrator. 

Her hilarious and endearing debut picture book, The Unwelcome Surprise, is published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan.

Olga is an illustration and writing mentor and the co-host of ILLO CHAT, a podcast about Illustration. Olga lives in Maryland, and she is bilingual. 

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Olga Herrera (she/her) is an Author and Illustrator of children's books. She earned her bachelor's of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design with a major in Illustration.


Olga's hilarious and endearing debut picture book, The Unwelcome Surprise, will be published in April 2023 by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan.

One of her passion projects is the podcast she co-founded, Illo Chat, a podcast about the journey into professional Illustration and the world of children's book publishing.  

As a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she has served as a writing and illustration mentor for her regional chapter (MD/DE/WV) and has won several illustration competitions.   


Olga is multicultural, Cuban and Ecuadorian, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Ecuador, a beautifully diverse country that remains close to her heart. As a teenager, she returned to the United States, where she began her interest in the arts. She is a visual storyteller, often looking for a napkin and pen to jot down some fantastic idea that is sure to disappear in the blink of an eye. When she is not creating her content, she teaches Illustration in traditional and digital techniques or creative writing for fiction picture books.  

She lives in the picturesque state of Maryland with her husband, two children, and too many pets who patiently listen to her ideas.   


You can find out what projects she is working on by following her on Instagram @olgachildrensillustrator, and on Twitter @OlgaIllustrator.

Her website is

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