I was born in Poland and immigrated to America when I was seven years old. As soon as I arrived my aunts and uncles gave me a gift - a large collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. I treasured the book and as I learned to speak English through the rhymes, I had no idea that I would grow up to become a children's book author and illustrator. The nursery rhymes I read as a child had such a profound and meaningful effect upon me that chose to recreate them in new and exciting ways for little ones to read and enjoy as I had done.
My first book, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, has now sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has sold over 1.3 million! I'm immensely honored that my books are widely used in schools in the US and abroad and have won many awards. It gives me great pleasure to know that generations of children can learn to read through my work.
I live in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, and spend a lot of time on an island off the coast of Maine too. When I'm not working in my studio, I love being outdoors - gardening, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and kayaking with my husband and our dog, Nugget .