As a girl in the happy land of St. Louis, Missouri, Violet Lemay was always drawing and making things with her hands. When she grew up, she became a costume and set designer and moved to New York City, which was a lot of fun. Even though she loved her work and living in NYC, Violet realized that her true dream was to illustrate books for children. She moved south to attend a school for illustrators. Since then, Violet has illustrated eighteen books for children (including Isabella's Shoe Studio, which she also wrote), with more on the way—mostly for duopress, her favorite publisher, for whom she also acts as art director. |
Violet and her husband Fred have a 12-year-old son, Gray, who is a junior artist/architect/city planner, and is the joy of their lives. They all live together in a cozy little brick house in upstate New York, surrounded by mountains and dairy farms—and is only a short train-ride away from NYC. If she's not in her studio painting, Violet is probably out walking Chip, who is a rat terrier, and is her constant companion.
Shown below are her most recent books, Let's Be Friends (HarperFestival), Healthy, Healthy. Love, Love, Love (HarperFestival), I Can Be Like . . . A Book of Masks of Inspiring Women (Duopress), Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day by Shannon Anderson (Free Spirit Publishing), Library Babies by Puck (duopress), The Obamas: A Lift-the-Flap Book (duopress), TummyTime: Happy Baby by duopress labs (duopress), Babies Around the World: Dancing by Tamara Barker (duopress), Shred Girls series by Molly Hurford (Rodale Kids), Bookstore Babies by Puck (duopress), How a City Works by D. J. Ward (HarperCollins), Yes I Can! : A Girl and Her Wheelchair by Kendra J Barrett, Jacqueline B Toner & Claire A.B.Freeland (Magination Press), Writers and Their Pets by Kathleen Krull, Artists and Their Pets by Susie Hodge (Duo Press), Babies Around the World by Puck (duopress), NY DOGS (punchline), Science Fair Showdown! by Steven Otfinoski (Pearson), Bark New York: Dogs in the Big City (punchline), Bella's New Baby by Sue Fliess (Golden Books), 100 Pablo Picassos (Duo Press), Southern Baby (Duo Press), ASPCA Rescue Readers I Am Daisy by Lori Froeb (Reader's Digest), My New York Puzzle & My San Francisco puzzle (Duo Press), Beach Babies by Puck (Duo Press), Isabella's Shoe Studio: Read! Doodle! Create! (Doodle Story Books), New York Baby, Chicago Baby & San Francisco Baby by Puck (Duo Press), Doodle Books Series (Duo Press), My Foodie ABC Placemats & My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet's Guide all written by Puck (Duo Press).
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Violet's personal website