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Suzanne Kaufman

Author, Illustrator & Animator

Suzanne Kaufman is the Illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book All Are Welcome. She is an author, illustrator, animator and lover of school potlucks. She has written and illustrated her own books Confiscated and I Love Monkey. Her previous illustration work includes: Take Your Pets to School Day, 100 Bugs, Naughty Claudine Christmas, and Samanthasaurus Rex. She is the recipient of The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship, Mentorship and Portfolio Honors from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Over the years, she’s done everything from animating special effects for Universal and Discovery, to be an animation lead on games that were awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences “Innovation in Art Direction”, “Innovation in Animation” and “Children’s Title of the Year”. She has lectured and taught illustration and animation around the United States, England, Japan and Peru. When not tramping through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, you will find her teaching animation or working in her studio.

A native of Plymouth, WI, Suzanne now lives in Seattle with her husband and two creative daughters of her own.

Learn more about Suzanne Kaufman on her website.


All Are Welcome
I Love Monkey
Take Your Pets to School Day
100 Bugs
Naughty Claudine Christmas
Samanthasaurus Rex

Festival Testimonials

My favorite part was the enthusiasm instilled in my son for books and art! Awesome Day!
I loved the intimate feel of it.
I think I’m going to cry! (Steven Kellogg) was so nice, and he is a good drawer and writer. (2nd grade student)