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Deborah Zemke

Author & Illustrator

From picture books to first readers, from drawing books to humor to chapter books, Deborah Zemke has produced more than fifty books for young readers, including the award-winning Bea Garcia chapter books and the popular Doodles at Dinner series.

She’s illustrated books for authors such as Natasha Wing, Harriet Zeifert, Lori Degman, and Ian Lendler. Deborah is a frequent contributor of Critter Crackups to Ranger Rick magazine and the designer of the type font ITC Zemke Hand. 

Deborah’s latest books are Bea GarciaTale of a Scaredy Dog and The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book, written by Ian Lendler.

A native of Michigan, Deborah and her family have lived in Wisconsin, California, Alabama, and Missouri.

Learn more about Deborah Zemke on her website.


Q&A WITH deborah zemke

 

Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?

DeborahI consciously ponder ideas on walks and unconsciously in my sleep, or the half sleep before waking. When my husband tells me it's time to get up, I tell him that I'm already working!

Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?

DeborahReading.

Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?

DeborahPlay the piano but with my musical ability, this would be nearly impossible.

Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR?

DeborahI always scribbled in words and pictures for the pleasure of it. The idea of being an author/illustrator only came as a good response to adults who asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.

 

Books


life in pictures
pencil
oops
no princess
night before


Festival Testimonials

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