Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where he has illustrated many popular middle grade books and several picture books. In 2015 he received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His picture book The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring (which he also wrote) was published by Atheneum in Fall,2016. His picture book Soldier Song (written by Debbie Levy) will be released by Disney/ Hyperion in Winter,2017. His picture book he wrote and illustrated called How The Cookie Crumbled will be published by Atheneum in Fall, 2017. He is currently illustrating ITCH:Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch (written by Anita Sanchez) to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018.
Partial List of Clients include Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Disney/ Hyperion, Abrams, Random House, Delacourt, Dial, Penguin, Aladdin & Atheneum of Simon and Schuster, Chronicle Books, Bloomsburry/Walker Books, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Roaring Brook/Macmillan, FSG, Harper Collins, Sterling, Storey, Lerner, NPR, Target, Shutterfly, M & C Saatchi, Blue Note Records, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week, and The Atlantic Monthly
His illustrations have been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration Chosen,3×3, and The Society of Publication Designers. His toys won Parenting Choice and Openheimer awards. His books have been selected by The Junior Library Guild, The Society of Illustrators’ Original Art, Bank Street Cook Prize Honor, Orbis Pictus Honor, and others.