Elizabeth Zunon

Beth Glassanos

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and memories of her childhood can be seen in her artwork. She currently lives in Albany, New York. Find her online at www.lizzunon.com.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“For one minute, three minutes, maybe even a hundred minutes, we stared at one another.” —Owl Moon, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Ezra Jack Keats, Jerry Pinkney, and Kadir Nelson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Because I love listening to and sharing stories, because I wanted to be like the authors and illustrators whose books I saw on Reading Rainbow, and because I wanted to contribute to representing all people of the world in a positive light.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep writing, drawing, experimenting, sharing your work with others, but don’t forget to HAVE FUN with it! That’s the most important part.