Lisa Thiesing

illustrator & author

I've been privileged to have published over 40 books as an author and/or illustrator in my career.
Here are a few of my favorites:

...adorable illustrations...simple backgrounds with just enough detail to...keep the focus on the friends...who clearly care about one another...through thick and thin. 
   - Kirkus

This charming book provides readers with example after example of what makes someone a good friend...Thiesing's art has strong child appeal and reinforces the happiness friendship brings. 
   - SLJ

One very nice element is the diversity of the animal families; while some resemble traditional, nuclear families, most of the families are diverse in species, age, size, and gender, implying that families need not be biologically-related or “traditional” to be considered families.
    - The Baby Bookworm
A charming, adorable picture book celebrates the meaning of family. Families are for belonging, hugs, getting dressed, playing, talking and even quiet times. Charming characters include rabbits, mice, fox, raccoons, bears, skunks and several others.

Thiesing captures each character with warmth and whimsy. Families come in all types of animals and not only all of one type. Momma bunny says "Good morning!" to her daughter mouse. Another family is a dog, a cat and a mouse.

Few beginning readers are as good as this one to promote reading with expression. This book is absolutely delightful.
   - SLJ

Winner of the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books State Award
Winner of the Delaware Diamonds State Award
Booklist "Top 10 Mysteries for Youth"
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year
...a two-generation photo album that a young mother shares with her daughter while she compares her child's life with her own experiences as a girl. There is great charm in the photographic-style watercolor illustrations...They capture perfectly the differences these 30 years have made...and other enduring witnesses to the overwhelming love parents feel for their children.  
   - The New York Times  (the Gray Lady, baby!)

Parents Magazine "Parents Pick"
Parents Magazine Feature Spread
National Parenting Seal of Approval
A Bank Street
Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
A Bank Street Book of the Year
  Rock on!
   - Kirkus Star Review
   NJLA Garden State Book Award Nominee
IRA/CBC "Children's Choice" Award
NJLA Garden State Book Award Nominee
Parents Magazine "Parents Pick"
plus a 6 page spread
The Ghosts of
Hungryhouse Lane

 NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book
Booklist Starred Review
Additional Titles

Dear Diary - commissioned by The Guggenheim Museum
The Scarecrow's New Clothes - Dutton
  Two Silly Trolls &
  Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls - HarperCollins
The Ghastly Gertie Swindle - Henry Holt
The Quest for Queenie - Little, Brown
Rhymin' Simon and the Mystery of the Fat Cat &
Rhymin' Simon and the Mystery of the Fake Snake - Dutton
20 Toddler Books - Korea Hermannhesse

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