Julie has an MFA from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art . But for the last 16 years she’s been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of Sydney Taylor Notable books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold.
She is the author and illustrator of Darcy's First Sleepover, Pearl Goes to Preschool, The Artist and the King, and Lily’s Cat Mask which received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
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❋ You can order Darcy's First Sleepover here!
❋ Find all of Julie's titles at Barnes and Noble.
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❋ Read the reviews for Julie's books here.
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"It was so special to have Julie Fortenberry read to several classes of Kinder and 1st grade students. The students were so excited to share their cat masks, participate in the story and learn about how to draw emotions. They also learned about writing "What if…" stories and best of all, saw that it's okay to be shy!
Teachers observed that their time with Ms. Fortenberry was more than just reading a book. The interaction corresponded to Reading, Writing, Social and Emotional, and Speaking and Listening standards. We can't recommend taking part in a presentation with Ms. Fortenberry highly enough!"
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Instructional Technology Department
Tucson Unified School District
Julie's painting process
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