More About the Author
Paulette Bogan had her first "artistic experience" during a family outbreak of Chicken pox. Paulette's mother encouraged her to paint a mural on the playroom wall!
For Paulette this was the start of her artistic career. Now Paulette is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children including Spike, Goodnight Lulu, Lulu the Big Little Chick, Chicks and Salsa, and Buffalo Wings (the last two written by Aaron Reynolds) Lulu the Big Little Chick won the Children's Choice Book Award in May of 2010 for Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year. Chicks and Salsa is featured on the PBS Children's Show, Between the Lions! Many of her stories are inspired by her three delightful daughters, and some of them by her dogs.
Her most recent book features the friendship of a penguin and a polar bear, Virgil and Owen, and is now available from Bloomsbury!
Paulette is originally a Jersey girl! She grew up on the Jersey shore, swimming at Manasquan Beach and Point Pleasant Beach, and hanging out at Bogan's Boat Basin. She worked in the tackle shop with her grandfather and grandmother, and was a deckhand on the Paramount II one summer. In the second grade at Saint Denis School, she drew a picture of a chariot and wrote on it, "I want to be an artist when I grow up!" She went to Saint Rose High school in Belmar. (Mrs. Carter, her art teacher was a big influence.)
Paulette went to Parsons School of Design in New York City (some favorite teachers: Allen Barber, Randy Jones, Ivan Powell, and Bill Clutz) and graduated in 1983, (first spending a couple of years at the University Of Miami in Florida, honing her water skiing skills) and then became a freelance illustrator.
Paulette has been an illustrator for thirty years and has illustrated for many publications including: The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Business Week, Scholastic Magazines, Publishers Weekly, United Features Syndicate, and Newsday. She also taught illustration concepts at Parsons School of Design.
After the birth of her first child, she decided it was time for a career shift. With the encouragement of her mother and her husband, Charlie, she decided to try her hand at children's books. After taking classes, going to children's book conferences, another daughter, and basically driving everyone crazy, she finally published her first book!
Spike was published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Spike is about a loveable dog, who is tired of being a dog! Paulette then went on to have a third child, and write and illustrate several more books for Putnam.
Spike in The City was honored with the Children's Book Council Children's Choice Award 2001, and was chosen by the Society of Illustrators, to be in their Children's Book Original Art Show, 2000. Spike in The Kennel was a 2002 IRA-CBC Children's Choice. In 2003 Spike gets blamed for things he didn't do in Spike in Trouble! As a child Paulette often got blamed for things she did not do!
Goodnight Lulu, a children's book of the month selection, published by Bloomsbury Children's Books came out in 2003. In Goodnight Lulu it's time for bed and Lulu, the little chicken is worried. With lots of questions and humor, Momma convinces Lulu that there's nothing to be afraid of! In 2004, Momma's Magical Purse was published. Momma Cat shows that all mothers really do have everything in their purse, including a rescue kit!
In 2005 Paulette teamed up with author Aaron Reynolds and illustrated Chicks and Salsa, a Book Sense Children's Pick. Chicks and Salsa is a hilarious picture book about one rooster's quest for culinary delight! Before you know it, the chickens, pigs, and the ducks, under the rooster's guidance, are planning a Fiesta. Chicks and Salsa is featured on the PBS Children's Show, Between the Lions!
Chicks and Salsa was such a success that Aaron wrote another story involving the crafty rooster, Buffalo Wings (October 2007). In Buffalo Wings, Paulette portrays the rooster's quest for the perfect game time snack with colorful, hilarious illustrations, lots of action, and of course "the mouse". (You Chicks and Salsa fans know who I mean!)
Lulu the Big Little Chick was published on June 23, 2009. Lulu, of Goodnight Lulu fame, decides she is a big chick regardless of what anyone else on the farm thinks. She heads off on her own towards "far, far away", and soon discovers being "big" is not all it is cracked up to be.
Lulu The Big Little Chick won the Children's Choice Book Award in May of 2010 for Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year, the 2011 London Book Festival Children's Book Award, and Honorable Mention at the 2011 New England Book Festival.
In January 2015, Virgil & Owen was published by Bloomsbury Children's books. Every great friendship starts somewhere, but here's a story of how not to make friends. Look for Bossy Flossy, coming out in 2016, with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers! AND the Second Virgil & Owen book in 2016. Virgil and Owen go to school!
Paulette Bogan lives in New York City where she can be seen walking around the village with her magical purse. She lives with her husband, their three daughters, and their two dogs, Spikey and Mufasa. Paulette is known for her lively presentations in schools and bookstores that thoroughly engage children AND she can draw the fastest chicken in New York City! (It's also been said Paulette draws the fastest pig in all of Brooklyn.)