Julie Downing

Julie Downing is an internationally published award-winning author and illustrator. She has written and/or illustrated over 40 books for children. This San Francisco artist is known for her innovative approach in illustrating traditional stories, and her list of books include “The Night Before Christmas,” “Lullaby and Goodnight,” and “The Firekeeper’s Son.” Her most recent book, “First Mothers,” is a biography of all the mothers of the presidents. Publishers’ Weekly wrote: “Craftily mining the personalities of each woman, Downing contributes watercolor and colored pencil portraits of the mothers on their home turfs, humorously underscoring their many diverse eccentricities.”