Hello and welcome!

As a “shy” child in school, I remember wishing that Corduroy and Clifford the Big Red Dog were real so that I could be friends with them. Looking back, those books and those wonderful characters were my friends. Now, being able to illustrate and write for children is a very happy dream come true. I’m honored to have illustrated over 20 children’s books and am excited to share stories that are inspired by my own childhood, life’s ups & downs, difficult topics such as grief, and hopeful stories that encourage everyone to dream big!


I received a B.S. in Graphic Design, with a concentration in Illustration at San Jose State University, and have worked in the field for over 20 years, designing, illustrating, and lettering for clients in the technology, medical, toy, and publishing industries. For more, please visit my company site, GabbyandCo.com.

I love to sketch, paint, and try new mediums, and I also get so much joy out of making things out of paper, wood, felt, and glue. I’m always inspired by nature, my family, and my pup & kittens here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please have a look around and should you have any questions or inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact me at shirley@shirleyngbenitez.com. Thanks for visiting!

My very best,

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Please contact shirley@shirleyngbenitez.com or 408.203.2993 for all inquiries.