Photo Credit: Kenchy Ragsdale

Photo Credit: Kenchy Ragsdale


Cassandra was born and raised in Massachusetts, where she spent her childhood reading comic books, playing action figures, drawing superheroes, and participating in all things nerdy (before that became cool).

She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in film and television. She later became a hand model and even played Jessica Alba’s hands once (she thinks? The footage has never been found)... 

She recently gave up pretending to be famous people’s hands to focus on creating art and literature for children.

Cassandra Federman is the author/illustrator of the forthcoming picture book This Is a Sea Cow (Albert Whitman, 2019). 


  • SCBWI Los Angeles Chapter 2017 Mentorship Contest Winner 

  • Writing With The Stars 2017 Mentorship Contest Winner