Karen Winnick loves children, books, art, and all sorts of animals, which she especially enjoys writing about. She also has an avid interest in history. This interest led her to write picture books about girl heroines, while her three sons were growing up.
Karen is the author and illustrator of Gemina, The Crooked Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, Sybil’s Night Ride, Cassie’s Sweet Berry Pie, Barn Sneeze, A Year Goes Round: Poems for the Months, Sandro’s Dolphin and Patch and the Strings. She's also the author of Good Night, Baby Animals, You've had a Busy Day; Hank, The Ballpark Pup and The Night of the Fireflies.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Karen grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in art from Syracuse University and took a semester of study in Florence, Italy. She continued to study art and education at NYU, painting and design at the School of Visual Arts, and painting, writing, and poetry at UCLA. Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies and her paintings have been exhibited in southern California galleries.
Karen is President of the LA Zoo Commission and serves on an environmental board that has enabled her to release baby turtles in Nicaragua and trek to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She lives in Los Angeles with her family that includes six dogs and many fish.