Allison Ofanansky

Photo by Elyahu Alpern.

Allison Ofanansky, born in the U.S., moved to Israel and became an Israeli citizen in 1996. She lives in the village of Kaditah near the mystical city of Safed, with her husband Shmuel and daughter Aravah. They enjoy hiking the hills of the Galilee, gathering and eating the fruits that grow there. They are involved in environmental and eco-peace projects.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I was a ravenous reader. Among my favorites were the Little House on the Prairie series, which I’m re-reading to my daughter and enjoying just as much as an adult. The book Bridge to Terebithia made a big impression on me. I probably read The Hobbit half a dozen times

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Laura Ingalls Wilder, A.A. Milne, Maruice Sendak…oh and of course Dr. Seuss.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Because I love to read so much I wanted to create books for others, and because I want to share my experiences of living in Israel and interacting with nature.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read a lot and think about why you like certain books more than others.