Will Hillenbrand grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. After taking a class in picture book art, he decided to try illustrating children’s literature. Now, after more than 60 books, Will is an acclaimed and beloved illustrator. He lives in Terrace Park.


School Visits & Speaking Engagements 

Will emphasizes the artistic process and inspires the audience to pursue their own creativity. Will excels at connecting with any age group and clearly explaining his craft. Audience: Youth or Adult. Please visit this link for more about Will Hillenbrand’s speaking.

Will Hillenbrand

Will Hillenbrand


Book Cover Snow Friends


Snow! Snow! And more snow!

It’s the perfect day to play in the newly fallen snow. Oscar can’t contain his excitement―and before his boy Matt knows it, Oscar is off on a wintry adventure. Dashing through the woods, Oscar finds another dog playing in the snow―Daisy! Together they find all sorts of adventures―ice skating making dog angels in the snow, and they even build an igloo!

Snow Friends is a seasonal friendship story with timeless understated charm. (Ages 4-8)

Book cover- Mighty Reader


A new superhero is on the scene to inspire reluctant readers in a comic book style picture book.

Hugo, a beagle puppy, transforms himself into Mighty Reader when his canine classmates run into reading disasters. In his first adventure, Hugo’s his new friend Barkley freezes up when he must read aloud in class. Mighty Reader gives Barkley the confidence to put on a performance that even impresses the visiting author. Filled with terrific advice for new readers, this book is inspiring and filled with humor. (Ages 4-8)

Book Cover-Santa's Story


Santa is ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but he can’t find the reindeer anywhere. Dasher is busy dashing, Donner is dozing, and Cupid is crooning. It isn’t until Santa remembers their annual tradition—reading a Christmas story together—that the reindeer are ready. Reindeer merriment abounds in this charming yuletide tale about honoring the celebration of holiday customs with those you love. (Ages 4-8)