Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Deb Pilutti

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Michigan
Age Levels: 5-10
Skype Visit: Yes
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Deb Pilutti feels lucky to have a job where reading, playing with toys and watching cartoons is considered “research”. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, and nervous border collie. Deb has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, creating toys and products for children and is the author and illustrator of  OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING!) Putnam, THE SECRETS OF NINJA SCHOOL (Ottaviano/Macmillan), TEN RULES OF BEING A SUPERHERO (Ottaviano/Macmillan) and BEAR AND SQUIRREL ARE FRIENDS (Simon & Schuster).

Presentation Description:

Adult/teacher/conference presentations up to 50 minutes long.

School presentations are 25 – 45 minutes long, tailored to the need of each school.


What to expect from an author/illustrator visit

A 30 – 45 minute interactive session which includes a brief overview of my books, silly inspirations and slides from my studio. I will talk about my process for creating stories and memorable characters and share the Five methods I use to come up with ideas. Teachers will be able to use some of these methods in their own classrooms.


We will draw a character, so students should bring pencil and paper to the presentation.


If there is time, a question/answer period will follow.