Born: May 12, 1937
Meet the author Betsy Lewin: https://www.betsylewin.com/
Reading Rockets video interview with Betsy Lewin: https://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/lewin
Author Biography: https://www.betsylewin.com/about/biography/
“Betsy Lewin’s love of drawing emanates, she contends, from a childhood filled with books and reading. Her mother, a kindergarten teacher, read regularly from storybooks filled with pictures by Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, E. H. Shepard, and Beatrix Potter, and Lewin was soon covering paper bags, napkins, and margins of her own books with self-styled renditions of animals and caricatures of friends and family. Before long, her creations included stories to match the images on the page.
While Betsy Lewin was encouraged by her parents in her artistic endeavors — she entered and won several art competitions and at age fourteen sold her first painting — they discouraged her from pursuing such an impractical career. Nevertheless, she persevered, leaving her Pennsylvania home to attend Pratt Institute of Art in New York City. Following graduation, she found work as a greeting card designer and then began writing and illustrating stories for children’s magazines. Her first breakthrough in the children’s book field was Cat Count. A poem, which had originally appeared in Humpty Dumpty’s magazine, was expanded into a thirty-two-page picture book with black-and-white brush line drawings. Long out of print, the book was re-released when Lewin agreed to enliven its appearance with full-color illustrations.
The title that brought Lewin her first widespread attention was Karen Ackerman’s Aramintas Paintbox (1990). Lewin’s frothy watercolors added warmth and appeal to the going-west tale. Lewin continues to provide illustrations for other author’s stories while also writing tales of her own. Often her subjects are the result of travels to far-flung places with her illustrator husband Ted Lewin. Booby Hatch (1995) is based on experiences in the Galapagos Islands, Chub- bo’s Pool (1998) on a visit to Botswana, What’s the Matter Habibi? (1997) on travels to Egypt and Morocco. Sometimes these journeys have culminated in producing a book together for the peripatetic husband and wife. Gorilla Walk (1999) for example, features Betsy’s field sketches alongside Ted’s watercolor illustrations of the huge magnificent beasts they saw in Uganda……. ” from: https://www.nocloo.com/betsy-lewin-biography/
Books by Betsy Lewin: https://www.betsylewin.com/books/
You Can Do It
Where Is Tippy Toes?
Good Night, Knight
Books Illustrated by Betsy Lewin:
Click Clack Moo series
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series
Books by Ted and Betsy Lewin
How to Babysit a Leopard
Top to Bottom Down Under
What’s the Matter Habibi?
Contact Betsy Lewin: https://www.betsylewin.com/contact/