illustrated portrait of smiling white woman with red eye glasses and white hair

Anna Totten is an illustrator and designer who aims to make the world more friendly, one project at a time.

Her work includes writing and illustrating stories, murals, community art, and art instruction. She believes in the power of visual literacy and loves to flex her creative muscle, especially in service to those who may feel left out. Helping kids (and the kid inside) feel seen and heard is some of the best work of all.

Anna is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, a member of SCBWI, and Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Conference Mentee.

Anna lives in North Carolina under a lovely yet allergy-inducing canopy of oaks. She enjoys geeking out over creepy critters and fungi, is often reading a book written for kids, and wishes someone else would figure out what’s for dinner. 
Overhead view of artist Anna Totten sitting at a desk, holding a fat pencil in her hand, and sketching abstract animal shapes onto wood. Anna has short, gray hair, is wearing glasses, long blue earrings, a black shirt and bright coral cardigan.