August/September 2010

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Meet Karen Katz

Karen Katz has always been making something: quilts, costumes, prints, sculpture, painting, collage, and book illustrations. While attending the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy, she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. After graduating, she went on to the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she fell in love with Chagall, Matisse, and Grandma Moses. Her love of folk art and children’s art has influenced all of her children’s books. Before making children’s books full time, she created costumes for a magician (Doug Henning), taught college, and illustrated and designed for more than fifty publishers.

After she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, she began to devote herself full time to her love of creating children’s books. She is the author and illustrator of more than 45 children’s titles
and has won numerous awards. Her books have sold over seven million copies, and her multicultural picture books can be found in many schools and libraries. Ms. Katz has lives in upstate NY and Manhattan.

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