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Hey, gridley13! I can't help you with finding an illustrator, but I will tell you that from all of the research I've done, I gather that publishers prefer that authors not send illustrated manuscripts UNLESS they are illustrated by the author. The publishing houses have their own illustrators.
I'm not sure if you're familiar with The Purple Crayon, but it has a lot of neat tips about writing for children. Here's a link to the tip page specifically:
Honestly, I can't imagine a professional illustrator who would be willing to do work without being paid. It seems (and I'm not trying to be ugly here) sort of unprofessional to ask somebody to do that. And again, once you sell your story, the publishing house will hire an illustrator of their own. So your illustrator will get squat for his or her work. That doesn't seem right, kwim?
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