Julie has an MFA from Hunter College. Her paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to painting abstractions, she paints and writes for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She illustrated Pippa at the Parade by Karen Roosa, Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of Sydney Taylor Notable Books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold.
Both Lily's Cat Mask and Grandpa and Jake have been added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Find the new French edition of Grandpa and Jake here!
Represented by Steven Chudney
Q and A
When did you became a children's book author?
When I had my children.
I began illustrating for Highlights Magazine.
What is your favorite thing about storytelling?
Entering a new world. Creating a character and imaging what that character might do.
What makes a good children's story?
Identifiable characters, relatable emotions, fun settings.
How do you connect the story with the illustrations?
I usually start by drawing a character. Sometimes the character ends up in a completely different story than where they first started!
Grandpa and Jake was added to Dolly Parton's Library!
Lily was added to Dolly Parton's Library!