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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anna M Lewis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1960 in Cincinnati, OH

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Illinois Connection

I have lived in the Chicago suburbs for over 14 years now. My book City Doodles - Chicago is full of fun facts about Chicago. My book Women of Steel and Stone covers women who designed many Chicago buildings.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anna M. Lewis is an award-winning toy inventor, author, illustrator and creativity advocate. Author of WOMEN OF STEEL AND STONE: 22 Inspiring Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers (Chicago Review Press 2014), CITY DOODLES - CHICAGO (Gibbs Smith 2013), and several children's magazines. Anna encourages students to think creatively in her author presentations and in classes that she teaches on cartooning, game design, and monster imaginations in the schools, through her company, ''Ideasplash''. Anna currently lives in Illinois with her wildly creative family and Lucy, an Old English Sheepdog, who patiently piles tennis balls at Anna's feet while she writes.

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Titles At Your Library

City Doodles Chicago
ISBN: 1423634799

Gibbs Smith. 2013

Take a journey through Chicago with stops at Wrigley Field, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. See the city from an incredible vantage point on a skyscraper in the Loop, wander through the shops in the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, and don’t forget to pick up a loaded hot dog while you’re out.

Anna Lewis is an author and award-winning toy inventor. Through her company, Ideasplash, she gets kids thinking creatively. Anna makes Chicago her home.

Daniel Chaffin has been a chronic doodler since childhood. Today, you might find Daniel in North Carolina with his wife and son, drawing all over their stuff.

Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers (Women of Action)
ISBN: 1613745087

Chicago Review Press. 2014

An inspiration for young people who love to design, build, and work with their hands, Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Engaging profiles based on historical research and firsthand interviews stress how childhood passions, perseverance, and creativity led these women to overcome challenges and break barriers to achieve great success in their professions. Subjects include Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright to establish his distinct architectural-drawing style Emily Warren Roebling, who, after her husband fell ill, took over the duties of chief engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge project Marian Cruger Coffin, a landscape architect who designed estates of Gilded Age mansions Beverly L. Greene, the first African American woman in the country to get her architecture license Zaha Hadid, one of today’s best-known architects and the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and many others. Practical information such as lists of top schools in each field descriptions of specific areas of study and required degrees and lists of programs for kids and teens, places to visit, and professional organizations, make this an invaluable resource for students, parents, and teachers alike.

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