Author / Illustrator
"Over the years I read hundreds of books to my
daughters. Inspired by the art and words, I was
moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it
on the road to New York. That's when I met Lucia

The most important relationship in publishing is that
of the author/illustrator and her editor. I am most
lucky to have Lucia. With her gentle encouragement
and wisdom she took me by the hand and helped
me accomplish the impossible. In 1995 I not only
illustrated my first picture book but I wrote it too.
Willy and May was published to wonderful reviews
and no one ever suspected my fear of semi-colons.

The great thing about my job is that one day I can
be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's
Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman
for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I
can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The
Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade
bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn't
that what we all did as children?

Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander
stood in my back yard admiring my daughters'
Viking ship(that's another story.) Never in my
wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would
inhabit his world of words. How the Cat Swallowed
Thunder proves that dreams really do come true."

~ Judy Schachner
Judy Schachner
Copyright 2018 © Barry M. Baker
Judy Schachner has been illustrating and writing
children's books since 1992 and has given
numerous presentations in schools and libraries.
Her workshops are designed to be warm and
personal with a special regard for the less than
stellar student.