• Lisze Bechtold is the author and illustrator of picture books and early readers. SALLY AND THE PURPLE SOCKS was a Children’s Choice Book, and was part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Literacy Program. BUSTER THE VERY SHY DOG and the sequel, BUSTER & PHOEBE: THE GREAT BONE GAME, both received Oppenheimer Gold Awards. BUSTER & PHOEBE was a 2005 Maryland Blue Crab Honor Book as well. Nearly 20 years in print, the BUSTER THE VERY SHY DOG series has been republished as leveled Green Light Readers and includes new stories in BUSTER THE VERY SHY DOG FINDS A KITTEN. Lisze is also the illustrator of TOOTS THE CAT, written by the well-known poet, Karla Kuskin. 

    Lisze holds an MFA in animation from Cal Arts. A long time SCBWI volunteer, she has coordinated illustrator events (Working Illustrators Retreat, Illustrators Day. Dummy Day), taught at UCLA Extension, and is an experienced speaker. Lisze lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband, three sons, and a very talkative cat.

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