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Katy Bratun (1950-) Biography - Personal, Career, Member, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1950, in Ogden, UT; Education: University of New Mexico, B.F. A., 1972; attended Art Institute of Boston, 1983-84. Hobbies and other interests: Collecting picture books, reading, biking, downhill skiing.

Career

Illustrator and author. Illustration instructor at Art Institute of Boston and Peabody Essex Museum. Speaker at elementary and middle school; presenter and lecturer at conferences. Exhibitions: New England Women's Illustration, Radcliffe College, 1991. Has also exhibited works at Art Institute of Boston, as well as in Salem, MA, and New Mexico.

Member

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Picture Book Artists' Association.

Writings

SELF-ILLUSTRATED

Gingerbread Mouse, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

ILLUSTRATOR

Della Cohen, Theo the Naughty Bear, Marvel, 1988.

Teddy Gautier, Mrs. Bunny's Day Off, Marvel, 1988.

Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Where Is Sammy's Smile?, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1989.

M. J. Carr, Be My Valentine, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1992.

Katharine Ross, The Little Pumpkin Book, Random House (New York, NY), 1992.

Jan Carr, reteller, Beauty and the Beast, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1993.

Brian Mangas, Sshaboom!, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1993.

Annie Ingle, The Bunnies' Ball, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Mary Josephs, All Aboard Noah's Ark, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Katharine Ross, The Rabbits' Carnival, Random House (New York, NY), 1995.

Gail Herman, There Is a Town, Random House (New York, NY), 1995.

Laura Gates Galvin, Armadillo at Riverside Road, Sound-prints (Norwalk, CT), 1996.

Laura Gates Galivn, Deer Mouse at Old Farm Road, Soundprints (Norwalk, CT), 1998.

Frogs and Toads, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1998.

Mary Serfozo, A Head Is for Hats, Scholastic Inc. (New York, NY), 1999.

Annie Ingle, The Bunnies' Ball, Random House (New York, NY), 1999.

Bonnie Staenberg, A Present for Mama Bear, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1999.

Ivan Robertson, Jack and the Leprechaun, Random House (New York, NY), 2000.

Marjorie Ainsborough Decker, Christian Mother Goose and Friends, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2001.

Drawing Cats, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2002.

Marjorie Ainsborough Decker, My Little Book of Sharing, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2002.

Marjorie Ainsborough Decker, My Little Book of Caring, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2002.

Gail Herman, There Is a Town, Random House (New York, NY), 2003.

Tara Jaye Morrow, Just Mommy and Me, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

Drawing Dogs, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2003.

Tara Jaye Morrow, Just Mommy and Me, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

Maria Fleming, Hippity Skippity Easter, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.

Charlotte Cowan, M.D., Katie Caught a Cold, Hippocratic Press (Concord, MA), 2005.

Deana Medearis, Bunnies' Easter Hunt, Sterling Publishing (New York, NY), 2005.

Sidelights

Katy Bratun told Something about the Author: "I began to draw as soon as I could hold a crayon. I drew raindrops with parachutes, dancing sandwiches, and birds, bears, and fish in jackets and hats. My grownup subject matter hasn't changed—I am thrilled to say I now keep good company with my characters by illustrating children's picture books.

" Gingerbread Mouse, the first book I have also written, is my favorite accomplishment. I have also illustrated greeting cards, drawing books, puzzles, posters, game boards, art activities, stickers, and museum banners.

"I visit schools and libraries as a speaker, with hands-on art projects for the kids. I love spending time with the kids and teachers, talking about good books and their creation, then returning to my studio where a fresh piece of watercolor is always waiting."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2003, review of Gingerbread Mouse, p. 1315.

Publishers Weekly, September 7, 1992, Elizabeth Devereaux, review of The Little Pumpkin Book, p. 57; September 22, 2003, review of Gingerbread Mouse, p. 71.

School Library Journal, October, 2003, Susan Patron, review of Gingerbread Mouse, p. 61.

ONLINE

HarperChildrens Web site, http://www.harperchildrens.com/ (March 19, 2005), "Katy Bratun."

Katy Bratun Home Page, http://www.netgworld.com/katybratun (July 1, 2005).

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