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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kristina Swarner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: in

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Illinois Connection

Swarner lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kristina Swarner is an artist, illustrator and author. She created her first illustrated story, “Alice,” at the age of five and has been drawing ever since. Often described as magical and dreamlike, her work draws much of its imagery and inspiration from dreams and from childhood memories of exploring old houses, woods, and gardens. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Swarner has illustrated books, greeting cards, magazines, wine labels, CD covers, and theater posters. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards.

Published Works

  • Poems About Festivals, Wayland, 2017 - written by Brian Moses
  • Little Book of Healing: A Coloring Book for Grief and Loss,Three Pebble Press, LLC, 2017 - written by Lynea Gillen
  • Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream, Three Pebble Press, LLC, 2016 - written by Lynea Gillen
  • May All Children, Music Together LLC, 2014 - written by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
  • The Mitten String, Random House, 2014 - Jennifer Rosner
  • Enchanted Dreams Dreamer Journal, Brush Dance, Inc., 2013
  • Make Believe Journal, Amber Lotus Publishing, 2013
  • Morvena, the Mermaid, Capstone Press, 2012 - retold by Jay Dale
  • Good People Everywhere, Three Pebble Press, LLC, 2012 - written by Lynea Gillen
  • The Nutcracker: A Magic Theater Book, Chronicle Books, 2012 - written by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Zayde Comes to Live, Peachtree Publishers, 2012 - written by Sheri Sinykin
  • Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book, EKS Publishing, 2010 - written by Sarah Gershman
  • Gathering Sparks, Roaring Brook Press, 2010 - written by Howard Schwartz
  • Enchanted Lions, Dutton, 2009 - written by David Greenberg
  • The Usborne Book of Poetry, Usborne, 2009 - edited by Sam Taplin
  • Enchanted Dreams Illustrated Journal, Brush Dance, Inc., 2008
  • The Usborne Book of Poetry for Children, Usborne, 2007 - edited by Sam Taplin
  • The Bedtime Sh'ma, EKS Publishing, 2007 - written by Sarah Gershman
  • Before You Were Born, Roaring Brook Press, 2005 - written by Howard Schwartz
  • The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, Jewish Light, 2003 - written by Vanessa L. Ochs PhD and contributor Elizabeth Ochs
  • Yiddish Wisdom for Marriage,Chronicle Books, 2002 - translated by Rae Meltzer
  • Yiddish Wisdom for Parents, Chronicle Books, 2001
  • Yiddish Wisdom: Yiddishe Chochma, Chronicle Books, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

Poems about festivals /
ISBN: 0750291869. OCLC Number:

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This anthology of poems, compiled by Brian Moses, contains a mix of light-hearted poems and more serious ones, poems that rhyme and those that don't. There are plenty of good 'read alouds', choruses, and the sort of poems that children can use as models for their own writing. Poetry is a key feature of the new National Curriculum and these fantastic poems are perfectly suited for this. Beautiful illustrations bring each poem vividly to life. Poems include: Let's Celebrate by Sue Hardy-Dawson; The Chinese Dragon by Catherine Benson; Pancake Day by Debra Bertulis; Holi, Festival of Colour; Mother's Day by Eric Finney; Children's Day by Penny Keint; Eid-ul-Fitr by Penny Kent; It's Diwali Tonight by John Foster; Harvest Thanks by Jan Dean; A Hallowe'en Pumpkin by Dorothy Aldis; Fireworks by Judith Nicholls; Eight Candles Burning by Celia Warren; Long, Long Ago; Christmas Eve by Brian Moses; Happy New Year by Brenda Williams. For more poetry titles compiled by Brian Moses, look out for Poems About the Seaside, Poems About Seasons and Poems About Animals.

Little Banty Chicken and the big dream /
ISBN: 0996021914. OCLC Number:

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"An enchanting tale of one little chicken who has the courage to make her dream come true with the support of the wise moon and her barnyard friends ... Activity sheets inspire children to identify and share their dreams, work together to help others, and celebrate life."--Provided by publisher.

May all children /
ISBN: 0985571969. OCLC Number:

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"Join us in our wish for the world: "May All Children"--And all people everywhere-- live in peace. sweet peace"--Back cover.

The mitten string /
ISBN: 0385371187. OCLC Number:

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Ruthie Tober's family is known for the beautiful, warm mittens they knit so when she and her mother meet a deaf woman and her baby and give them shelter, Ruthie decides to design very special mittens for them.

Make Believe Journal
ISBN: 1602376662. OCLC Number:

Amber Lotus. . 2012.

Morvena the mermaid /
ISBN: 1620654342. OCLC Number:

Capstone Classroom,. North Mankato, MN :. 2013

This title has paired text with "Ocean craft."

Good people everywhere /
ISBN: 0979928982. OCLC Number:

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A story to help children become mindful of caring people in their world, to ease their fears and to develop their sense of gratitude. Includes two activity pages to encourage children to find the good people in their lives.

The nutcracker :
ISBN: 145210669X. OCLC Number:

Handprint Books,. San Francisco, Calif. :. ©2012.

In this traditional retelling of the favorite ballet, Marie receives a wooden nutcracker for Christmas which comes alive in the night and whisks her away to a magical kingdom.

Zayde comes to live /
ISBN: 1561456314. OCLC Number:

Peachtree Publishers,. Atlanta :. ©2012.

When Rachel's beloved grandfather, Zayde, comes to spend his last days with her family, she worries what will happen when he dies, especially after friends tell her the Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife.

Modeh ani :
ISBN: 0939144638. OCLC Number:

EKS Pub. CO.,. Oakland, Calif. :. c2010.

Gathering sparks /
ISBN: 1596432802. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2010.

A grandfather introduces his grandson to the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, a centuries-old concept which proposes that everyone must do their part in order to improve the world.

Enchanted lions /
ISBN: 0525479384. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2009.

One evening, Rose climbs on the back of an enchanted lion who takes her on a tour of outer space, where they race with Monoceros the unicorn, pass by Pegasus and Pisces, and are rescued from a black hole by Cetus the whale.

The Usborne book of poetry /
ISBN: 1409507769. OCLC Number:

Usborne,. London :. 2007.

This is a beautiful treasury of poetry for older children, featuring a selection of work from classic and modern poets including Shakespeare, Byron, Ted Hughes and Wendy Cope, alongside all new original poetry by Sam Taplin. The poems cover many different themes and moods and are chosen to show children how inspiring, powerful and magical poems can be. 8 yrs+

The Usborne book of poetry for children /
ISBN: 0746084153. OCLC Number:

Usborne,. London :. 2007.

The bedtime Sh'ma :
ISBN: 0939144549. OCLC Number:

EKS Pub.,. Oakland, Calif. :. ©2007.

This besutiful adaptation of the Kriat Sh'ma al haMitah, the Bedtime Sh'ma, invokes traditional nighttime blessings of peace and protection and recalls the wonder of our waking hours.

Before you were born /
ISBN: 1596430281. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. Brookfield, Conn. :. 2005.

Retells a folktale in which Lailah, a guardian angel, places the indentation that everyone has on the upper lip just before a baby is born.

The Jewish dream book :
ISBN: 1580231322. OCLC Number:

Jewish Lights Publishing,. Woodstock, Vt. :. ©2003.

Contains a guide for dream interpretation based on Jewish texts, and includes Jewish bedtime rituals, reasons and instructions for keeping a dream journal and asking dream questions, blessings, and anecdotes.

Yiddish wisdom for marriage /
ISBN: 0811832813. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2002.

Yiddish wisdom for parents =
ISBN: 0811831019. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2001.

Yiddish wisdom =
ISBN: 0811812022. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco, CA :. ©1996.

All the color, vibrancy, and humor of Yiddish is captured in this timeless treasury of over 100 folk sayings in both English and Yiddish.

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