Name

Karen Gray Ruelle

About

I'm a professional writer and illustrator, with 20 children’s books published so far and several others in the works. I write for all ages, from toddlers to adults, and enjoy working on my own, as well as in collaboration with other authors and illustrators.

In terms of style, my illustrations tend to be more whimsical than realistic, and I've worked in watercolor, oils, pastels, pen and ink, and collage. Lately, I've been experimenting with layering colors in oils and using the resulting swatches to create collage. It makes me happy to work with so many gorgeous, rich colors.

My writing ranges from extensively researched, powerful non-fiction narrative to humorous fiction and poetry, with some folktales and other stories thrown in for fun. I write things that move me or make me laugh, and I hope that my readers will enjoy them.

BOOKS

• The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
(co-written and co-illustrated with Deborah Durland DeSaix)
Holiday House, 2009, nonfiction picture book for ages 9 to adult

• Bark Park
Peachtree Publishers, 2008, rhyming picture book

• The Monster in Harry's Backyard
Holiday House, 1999, easy reader, level 2

• The Thanksgiving Beast Feast
Holiday House, 1999, easy reader, level 2

• Snow Valentines
Holiday House, 2000, easy reader, level 2

• Spookier Than a Ghost
Holiday House, 2001, easy reader, level 2

• Easy As Apple Pie
Holiday House, 2002, easy reader, level 2

• April Fool!
Holiday House, 2002, easy reader, level 2

• Mother's Day Mess
Holiday House, 2003, easy reader, level 2

• The Crunchy, Munchy Christmas Tree
Holiday House, 2003, easy reader, level 2

• Easter Egg Disaster
Holiday House, 2004, easy reader, level 2

• Just in Time for New Year's!
Holiday House, 2004, easy reader, level 2

• Great Groundhogs!
Holiday House, 2006, easy reader, level 2

• Dear Tooth Fairy
Holiday House, 2006, easy reader, level 2

• The Tree
(illustrated by Deborah Durland DeSaix)
Holiday House, 2008, nonfiction picture book

• Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon
(co-written with Deborah Durland DeSaix)
Holiday House, 2007, 304-page non-fiction book for teenagers and adults

• The Book of Baths
• The Book of Breakfasts
• The Book of Bedtimes
(illustrated by Lizi Boyd)
Harcourt Brace, 1997, rhyming board books

• 75 Fun Things to Make and Do by Yourself
(illustrated by Sandy Haight)
Sterling, 1993

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION

France

• The Grand Mosque of Paris
Editions Salvator, 2010

Japan

• The Grand Mosque of Paris
Sairyusha, Ltd., 2010

AWARDS

• American Library Association Notable Children's Book

• National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Title

• Smithsonian Institution Notable Children's Book

• Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Notable Children's Book

• Middle East Outreach Council Book Award, Honorable Mention

• Booklist Top Ten Religious Books for Youth

• California Reading Association Eureka! Children's Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

• Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award

• ABC Choices for Children, Association of Booksellers for Children

• American Booksellers Association/Children's Book Council Joint Committee, Children's Books Mean Business exhibition and catalog