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Born-- April 10, 1952, in Joliet, IL; married to John Mooy (a storyteller).




Home--South Haven, MI.





Syracuse University, 1971-72,

Pratt Institute, 1973-74,

California College of Arts and Crafts, 1979-80,

American Academy (Chicago, IL), 1982-83;

David Hardy, (private study) 1979-81.




Co-Creator of Drawn to Discover (an online platform for all of Wendy's great step by step lessons)

Excellence in Education Award for Drawing Children Into Reading

   Michigan Association of School Boards, 2010.

Creator of the non for profit organization - Drawing Children Into Reading; A fine motor skills program with an emphasis on visual literacy in early childhood. The program has grown from 44 students to over 75,00 students in 13 years. Visit drawingchildrenintoreading.com to learn more. 2006-present.

Instructor at workshops for elementary-school students, beginning 1993.

Art director, 1975-77; freelance art director, New York, NY, 1977-79.

Freelance fine art painter, 1980-90.

Art director, 1973-74; Benton & Bowles (advertising agency), New York, NY .

Illustrator and artist. Leo Burnett (advertising agency), Chicago, IL.


EXHIBITIONS: Work exhibited at galleries...


Art Institute of Chicago Sales and Rental Gallery, 1982, 1985

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, 1988

Works Gallery, New York, NY, 1993

Elizabeth Stone Gallery, Birmingham, MI, 1997-2001




2017 International Visual Literacy Association Education Award

2010 Michigan Association of School Boards Excellence in Education Award for her project: Drawing Children Into Reading.




(Reteller) Guy de Maupassant, When Chickens Grow Teeth: A Story from the French, Orchard Books

   (New York, NY), 1996.

Once upon a Company, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Love Is, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000.

Peace, Simon and Schuster (New York) January 13, 2013.




Janet Taylor Lisle, The Lampfish of Twill, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Tres Seymour, Hunting the White Cow, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1993.

Anne Shelby, Homeplace, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997.

Jim Aylesworth, The Full Belly Bowl, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1998.

Kathryn Lasky, Sophie and Rose, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1998.

Polly Horvath, The Trolls, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1999.

Marsha Wilson Chall, Bonaparte, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000.

Cynthia Rylant, Let's Go Home: Some Wonderful Things about a House, Simon & Schuster (New York,

   NY), 2000.

Karin Cates, The Secret Remedy Book: A Story of Comfort and Love, Orchard Books (New York, NY),


Pete Seeger, adaptor, Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes circa 250 B.C.E., Translated into English in London in 1607, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.

Elizabeth Spurr, adaptor, The Peterkins' Christmas (based on a story by Lucretia P. Hale), Atheneum

   (New York, NY), 2004.

Reeve Lindbergh, The Visit, Dial (New York, NY), 2005.

Elizabeth Spurr, adaptor, The Peterkins' Thanksgiving (based on a story by Lucretia P. Hale), Atheneum

   (New York, NY), 2005.

Jane Yolen, Soft House, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005.

Douglas Wood, Nothing to Do, Dutton (New York, NY), 2006.

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Racketty-packetty House, 100th anniversary edition, Simon & Schuster

   (New York, NY), 2006.

Alice B. McGinty, Thank You, World, Dial (New York, NY), 2007.

Mary Ann Hoberman, Strawberry Hill, Little, Brown (New York, NY), 2009.

August Gold, Thank You, God, for Everything, Putnam's (New York, NY), 2009.

Joseph Bruchac, My Father Is Taller than a Tree, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2010.

John Mooy, Once Upon a Small Town, EDCO Publishing (Auburn Hills, MI), 2010.

Kathryn O. Galbraith, Planting the Wild Garden, Peachtree Publishers (Atlanta, GA), 2011.

Cynthia Rylant Series, Cobble Street Cousins, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1998-2002.

   - In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen, A Little Shopping, Special Gifts, Some Good News, Summer Party, Wedding Flowers




Two Reading Honorable mention selection, Palette & Chisel Award, 1985.

Best of Show Award, South Haven Center for the Arts, 1990.

New York Times Notable Book designation, 1991.

Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year designation, 1991.

Boston Globe Book of the Year designation, 1991.

Parents magazine Pick of the List selection, 1991.

    Four above for The Lampfish of Twill by Janet Taylor Lisle.

American Library Association Notable Children's Book selection, 1993.

New York Public Library Best Children's Books selection, 1993.

Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Award Honor Book designation, 1993.

National Council of Teachers of English Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts selection, 1994.

     Four above for Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People designation.

National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council, 1999, for Once upon a Company; Prix

   Bernard Versele, 2002, for The Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth.

Best Children's Books of the Year selection, Bank Street College of Education, 2005.

   For The Visit; by Reeve Lindbergh.

Gwen Frostic Award, Michigan Reading Association, 2007, for contributions to children's literature.

Excellence in Education Award for Drawing Children Into Reading

   Michigan Association of School Boards, 2010.

Parents' Choice Gold Award, 2011.

Growing Good Kids Award, 2012.

National Science Teachers Award, 2012.

Best Book Award, 2012.

    Four above for Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith.

2017 International Visual Literacy Association Education Award for Drawing Children Into Reading




Wendy Anderson Halperin - www.wendyhalperin.com

Drawing Children Into Reading - www.drawingchildrenintoreading.com

Drawing Children Into Peace - www.drawingchildrenintopeace.com

Drawn to Discover - www.drawntodiscover.com


Drawing Children Into Reading, NFP  Wendy A. Halperin - whalperin@gmail.com  Copyright 2019   Holley Lawson -  dcir.office@gmail.com