Meet the Author

Lisa Desimini

Portrait of Lisa Desimini

Lisa Desimini remembers vividly when she began drawing: "I don't know what came over me, but when I was ten years old I went to look for something big to draw on so I could really get into it. I found flat pieces of cardboard, the kind that you fold into a box, and some markers…. I had so much fun that I haven't stopped. I copied images from cards and books and towels until I got older and started drawing out of my head, which is the most fun for me."

Although Desimini didn't plan to be a children's book illustrator, when she got the opportunity to try it, she realized she loved the work. But she didn't stop there. "After illustrating the sixth book," she says, "it seemed only natural to write my own." Writing as well as illustrating her own book was a rewarding experience: "I enjoyed it so much it didn't feel like work at all." Desimini has written and illustrated several other books since then.

Lisa Desimini loves to draw and paint pictures of houses. She dreams about them too. "But in my dreams," she says, "there's always something wrong with them. There's no lock on the door, and anybody can get in; or a wall isn't finished, or someone weird is living there. Maybe that's why I'm so compelled to paint them — because then I can make them perfect." Have you ever dreamed about a project you were working on? Have you ever gotten a creative idea from a dream that proved to be useful in your waking life? Share your experiences with a friend.

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Other Books Illustrated by Lisa Desimini

  • Touch the Poem
    (written by Arnold Adoff)
  • Love Letters
    (written by Arnold Adoff)
  • How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend
    (written by Jerrie Oughton)
  • Heron Street
    (written by Ann Warren Turner)
  • Adelaide and the Night Train
    (written by Rosenberg)
  • When Bear Came Down from the Sky
    (written by Tree De Gerez)
  • In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America
    (written by Nancy Van Laan)
  • Northwoods Cradle Song: From a Menominee Lullabye
    (written by Douglas Wood)
  • The Great Peace March
    (written by Holly Near)
  • Anansi Does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale
    (written by Verna Aardema)
  • Tulip Sees America
    (written by Cynthia Rylant)
  • Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape
    (written by J. Patrick Lewis)

Other Books Written and Illustrated by Lisa Desimini

  • I Am Running Away Today
  • Moon Soup
  • My House
  • Sun and Moon: A Giant Love Story