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Elisa Kleven

Elisa Kleven

Elisa Kleven has always loved to create imaginary worlds. Throughout her childhood Elisa made miniature people and animals using paper, paint, clay, scraps of cloth, yarn, nutshells , even dried apples. She would lose herself for hours making up stories about these characters, and building intricate settings around them.

Elisa's childhood passions have now become her career, as she is still creating miniature worlds inside of her picture books. As she did in childhood, Elisa uses paint, collage, and imagination to create characters settings, and stories.

Elisa is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 children's picture books, among them WELCOME HOME, MOUSE, THE PAPER PRINCESS, THE APPLE DOLL, THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD, SUN BREAD, A CAROUSEL TALE, THE PUDDLE PAIL, DE COLORES, by Jose-Luis Orozco, ABUELA and ISLA, by Arthur Dorros, and THE WEAVER, by Thacher Hurd. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. She lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughter, son, dog and cats. To learn more about Elisa and her books, please visit her web site:

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