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Violet Lemay was a stage designer, an art professor, and an editorial illustrator before arriving at her dream job: writing and illustrating books for kids.

Violet has illustrated nearly fifty books, seven of which she also wrote. She has worked with many publishers, including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, duopress, 'Magination Press, and Michael Sampson Books. As an editorial illustrator, Violet contributed art to hundreds of magazines and newspapers.

Violet's illustrations have won awards and recognition from American Illustration annuals and Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. In 2018, her original acrylic paintings, pencil sketches, and book dummy from 100 Pablo Picassos were featured as part of a large exhibit at the Museum of Children's Art and Books in Soeul, Korea, where two of her paintings are now a part of the permanent collection. Parents Magazine featured TummyTime: Happy Baby as #4 in their "20 First Baby Books You'll Both Love" in 2019. In 2020, the Chicago Public Library included Library Babies as one of their best books, and School Library Journal included Babies Around the World in their "50 Children's Books that Celebrate Diversity". In 2022, Readers Digest ranked Babies Around the World #4 in their list of the top 100 children's books of all time! Let's Be Friends (HarperFestival/2021) won BookFest's first place award for diversity in children's books and Firebird's board book award.

Violet's latest book, Alithia Ramirez Was an Artist, celebrates the life and art of a young victim of the Uvalde tragedy; see details here.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Violet and her family became globe hoppers when they moved to New Zealand for her husband's job. From there they moved to China, and then to Malaysia. If she’s not at her desk writing or drawing, she’s probably at the library, reading.

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Violet Lemay was a stage designer, a university art professor, and an editorial illustrator before arriving at her dream job: writing and illustrating books for kids. Violet has illustrated nearly fifty books, seven of which she also wrote. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Violet and her family are expatriates who have lived in New Zealand, China, and Malaysia. If she’s not at her desk drawing, she’s probably outside feeding the birds, who think she is Snow White. :o)

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Violet Lemay has illustrated nearly fifty books, seven of which she also wrote. Clients include HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, duopress, 'Magination Press, and Highlights. Let's Be Friends (HarperFestival/2021), won Book-Fest's first place award for diversity in children's books and Firebird's board book award.