WENDY ANDERSON HALPERIN













Born-- April 10, 1952, in Joliet, IL.

Married to John Mooy (an author,  sculptor, storyteller, and much more).




Home--South Haven, MI.





Syracuse University, 1971-72,

Pratt Institute, 1973-74,

California College of Arts and Crafts, 1979-80,

American Academy (Chicago, IL), 1982-83;

David Hardy,(private study)1979-81.




2017 International Visual Literacy Education Award

Excellence in Education Award for Drawing Children Into Reading

   Michigan Association of School Boards, 2010

Creator of Drawing Children Into Reading. A fine motor skills program with an emphasis on visual literacy in early childhood. The program

     has grown from 44 students to over 50,00 students in 11 years. Visit drawingchildrenintoreading.com to learn more. 2006-present.

Instructor at workshops for elementary-school students, beginning 1993

Art director, 1975-77; freelance art director, New York, NY, 1977-79

Freelance fine art painter, 1980-90

Art director, 1973-74; Benton & Bowles (advertising agency), New York, NY

Illustrator and artist. Leo Burnett (advertising agency), Chicago, IL.


EXHIBITIONS: Work exhibited at galleries...


Art Institute of Chicago Sales and Rental Gallery, 1982, 1985

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, 1988

Works Gallery, New York, NY, 1993

Elizabeth Stone Gallery, Birmingham, MI, 1997-2001




2017 International Visual Literacy Education Award

2010 Michigan Association of School Boards Excellence in Education Award for her project: Drawing Children Into Reading




Janet Taylor Lisle, The Lampfish of Twill, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1991

Tres Seymour, Hunting the White Cow, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1993

Anne Shelby, Homeplace, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1995

Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997

Jim Aylesworth, The Full Belly Bowl, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1998

Kathryn Lasky, Sophie and Rose, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1998

Polly Horvath, The Trolls, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1999

Marsha Wilson Chall, Bonaparte, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000

Cynthia Rylant, Let's Go Home: Some Wonderful Things about a House, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000

Cynthia Rylant Series, Cobble Street Cousins, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1998-2002

   - In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen, A Little Shopping, Special Gifts, Some Good News, Summer Party, Wedding Flowers

Karin Cates, The Secret Remedy Book: A Story of Comfort and Love, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 2003

Pete Seeger, adaptor, Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes circa 250 B.C.E.,

    Translated into English in London in 1607, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003

Elizabeth Spurr, adaptor, The Peterkins' Christmas (based on a story by Lucretia P. Hale), Atheneum (New York, NY), 2004

Reeve Lindbergh, The Visit, Dial (New York, NY), 2005

Elizabeth Spurr, adaptor, The Peterkins' Thanksgiving (based on a story by Lucretia P. Hale), Atheneum (New York, NY), 2005

Jane Yolen, Soft House, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005

Douglas Wood, Nothing to Do, Dutton (New York, NY), 2006

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Racketty-Packetty House, 100th anniversary edition, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2006

Alice B. McGinty, Thank You, World, Dial (New York, NY), 2007

John Mooy, Once Upon a Mail Route, EDCO Publishing (Auburn Hills, MI), 2008

Mary Ann Hoberman, Strawberry Hill, Little, Brown (New York, NY), 2009

August Gold, Thank You, God, for Everything, Putnam's (New York, NY), 2009

Joseph Bruchac, My Father Is Taller than a Tree, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2010

John Mooy, Once Upon a Small Town, EDCO Publishing (Auburn Hills, MI), 2010

Kathryn O. Galbraith, Planting the Wild Garden, Peachtree Publishers (Atlanta, GA), 2011




(Reteller) Guy de Maupassant, When Chickens Grow Teeth: A Story from the French, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Once upon a Company, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1998

Love Is, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000

Peace, Simon and Schuster (New York) January 13, 2013




Two Reading Honorable mention selection, Palette & Chisel Award, 1985

Best of Show Award, South Haven Center for the Arts, 1990

New York Times Notable Book designation, 1991

Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year designation, 1991

Boston Globe Book of the Year designation, 1991

Parents magazine Pick of the List selection, 1991

    Four above for The Lampfish of Twill by Janet Taylor Lisle

American Library Association Notable Children's Book selection, 1993

New York Public Library Best Children's Books selection, 1993

Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Award Honor Book designation, 1993

National Council of Teachers of English Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts selection, 1994

     Four above for Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People designation

National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council, 1999, for Once upon a Company; Prix Bernard Versele, 2002, for The

     Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth

Best Children's Books of the Year selection, Bank Street College of Education, 2005

   For The Visit; by Reeve Lindbergh

Gwen Frostic Award, Michigan Reading Association, 2007, for contributions to children's literature

Excellence in Education Award for Drawing Children Into Reading

   Michigan Association of School Boards, 2010

Parents' Choice Gold Award, 2011

Growing Good Kids Award, 2012

National Science Teachers Award, 2012

Best Book Award, 2012

    Four above for Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith.




Wendy Anderson Halperin - www.wendyhalperin.com

Drawing Children Into Reading - www.drawingchildrenintoreading.com

Drawing Children Into Peace - www.thebyheartproject.com


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