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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julia Kuo  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: in

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Illinois Connection

Kuo lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julia Kuo is an artist, freelance illustrator and author. She grew up in Chatsworth, California and studied illustration and marketing at Washington University in St. Louis. She later taught illustration there and worked as a greeting card designer at American Greetings while moonlighting as an illustrator. Her notable clients include: Science Friday, New York Times, State Farm, TransAsia Airways, Broadly / Vice, Mr Porter Mag, Cleveland State University, Access Contemporary Music, Hyphen Magazine, Edible Cleveland, Edible Ottawa, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records, American Greetings, Tiny Prints, the Home Shopping Network and JoAnn's Fabrics.

Published Works

    Books written by other authors:
  • Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream , Little Brown and Co., 2011 - written by Jenny Han
  • The Thing About Luck, Atheneum Books, 2014 - written by Cynthia Kadohata Her own works:
  • Daisy and Josephine, Paula Wiseman Books, 2014 - written by Melissa Gilbert
  • Go, Little Green Truck!, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2016 - written by Roni Schotter
  • The Curious Artist: Drawing Trees and Leaves, Quarry, 2016 - written by Michael Wojtech
  • The Sound of Silence, Little, Brown and Co., 2016 - written by Katrina Goldsaito Books written and illustrated by Julia:
  • Everyone Eats, Simply Read Books, 2012
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat, Quarry, 2013
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Dress, Quarry, 2014
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Shoe, Quarry, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Clara Lee and the apple pie dream /
ISBN: 0316070386. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. New York :. 2011.

Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.

The thing about luck /
ISBN: 1442474653. OCLC Number:

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Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

Daisy and Josephine /
ISBN: 1442445785. OCLC Number:

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Six-year-old Daisy loves traveling the world with her father, a famous entertainer, and her teacher, Mrs. Minniear, but is lonely until her father brings home Josephine, a French bulldog that speaks and has great fashion sense.

20 ways to draw a cat and 44 other awesome animals :
ISBN: 159253838X. OCLC Number:

Quarry ;. Beverly, Mass. :. 2013.

This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration exercises. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrations of a single animal, such as a cat, giraffe, seal, elephant, or whale-with blank space for you to draw your take on "20 Ways to Draw a Cat." The stylized animals are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item. Presented in the author's uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.

Everyone eats /
ISBN: 1897476744. OCLC Number:

Simply Read,. Vancouver, B.C. :. 2012.

Explores the foods that different creatures eat.

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