LAUREN STRINGER is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued her art education with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program in NYC. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in museums and galleries across the country. In 1991 she received the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for sculpture.
In 1994, Lauren Stringer illustrated her first children's picture book, Mud, written by Mary Lyn Ray, which won a Minnesota Book Award, IRA Children’s Choice Award, Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award and was declared a "Flying Starts" by Publisher's Weekly. Since Mud, Lauren has continued illustrating many award-winning picture books, including Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant, Fold Me A Poem, written by Kristine O’Connell George, Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story, written by Lisa Westberg Peters, and Tell Me About Your Day Today, written by Mem Fox. She wrote and illustrated Winter is the Warmest Season, a Booklist Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her story When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky won the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for writing in Children’s Literature in 2012 and was a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books for 2013. Lauren's latest illustrated picture book, Deer Dancer, written by Mary Lyn Ray, will be published in May, 2014.
When not writing and illustrating picture books, Lauren is the scriptwriter, set designer, and set painter for Circus Juventas, America’s largest youth circus school.
Lauren writes and paints in a big, pink Victorian in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, her son, when he has not run off with the circus, her daughter, when she is home for the holidays, and three cats.
For more about Lauren Stringer, you can follow her blogs:
Artist and Three Cats
You can also read these interviews:
7 Impossible Things
Mackin Educational Resources June Featured Interview
Interview with Lauren Stringer
Lauren's latest illustrated children's book is Yellow Time. An exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter.