Gina Capaldi

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As a freelance artist, Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books that range from nonfiction, educational, and picture books. Her favorite published works are her historical nonfiction, such as A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. One of Gina’s earlier books on American Indians has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu’s Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

What’s your favorite line from a book?

"He was just one more dropped stitch in a family tapestry already full of holes."  
—Mary Lawson, Crow Lake

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Lizbeth Zwerger, Marla Frazee, David Shannon, Diane Greenseid, David Small, Chris Van Allsburg

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve wanted to write and illustrate children’s books since I was in second grade.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Work hard and enjoy the ride…never, never, never give up!