Your Ideal Bookshelf

Want a print, tote, mug (or more!) of YOUR favorite books? Find them at the link to the right, on my Ideal Bookshelf site!

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Read Banned Books !

The ridiculous banning of books needs to stop, and I've made a bunch of things that help you express your concern about this, and find more great banned books to read. See them at my Ideal Bookshelf site.

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Hi, I'm Jane!

Jane Mount is an illustrator, designer, writer, and maker of things -- particularly things for people who love books. She is the creator of Ideal Bookshelf; the author and illustrator of Books Make Good Friends (Chronicle Books, 2023), and Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Chronicle Books, 2018); and the illustrator and co-author (with Jamise Harper) of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines (Chronicle Books, 2021) and My Ideal Bookshelf (Little, Brown, 2012). She lives in a log cabin on Maui with her husband, three weird cats, and two dogs.

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Some Projects

Other Illustration Work

I draw a lot of stuff besides books, often for clients, sometimes for myself, and you can see a bunch here. Is my work a fit for your next project? Let me know!

Recent Book Recs

I try to read a lot, and listen to audiobooks even more, and would love to tell you about some of the ones I've really loved over the past few years.

In My Studio

Whenever I have time, I paint on large canvases in my small studio area. I also have a lot of older work if you'd like to see it; I'll be adding it in here soon.

See the Magic Happening

I painted the cover of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (a truly excellent book BTW, read it!), to feature it in my new book with Jamise Harper, Bibliophile: Diverse Spines. Here's a very sped-up (I wish I could paint this fast!) time-lapse video of the process. I try to paint without any pencil sketch (except for the outline of the book shape) underneath when I can; it adds to the challenge and I learn more that way.


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The very best thing about living in Hawai'i is that I see rainbows VERY OFTEN. I've made a little collection of rainbowed items you can buy. I donate some proceeds (the amount varies by item) from each sale to the Maui Humane Society.


I make small ceramic animals that you can put on your desk or keep in your pocket for confidence or luck or love or all the good things.

Cover Paintings

I've drawn so many book covers, mainly for spot illustrations in Bibliophile and Bibliophile: Diverse Spines. Want one? I'll be adding more soon.