Hello from Texas! I am on the hunt for an illustrator to my children's book. I am not in a place to pay hundreds per page but I would love to collaborate with an up and coming artist looking for a project to build their portfolio. My book is about the length of a Dr. Seuss book and reads much like it as well. If you know anyone that would be interested in illustrating a children's book let me know!
Have you looked at Fivver? I hired a young woman--from Argentina, I think--to do my book cover. Very reasonable, good back and forth communication, loved the result (see Laughter for Shazpara, a middle-grade novel).