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KidLit TV | StoryMakers with Sergio Ruzzier

KidLit TV | StoryMakers with Sergio Ruzzier

“When you illustrate your own stories its as if the author is behind your shoulder and tells you, ‘This is not what I meant!'” — Sergio Ruzzier on illustrating his own books

A few fun facts about Sergio:

  • He’s the creator of over 20 children’s books
  • His latest picture book is “A Letter for Leo”
  • He and Rocco Staino are both “Brooklyn boys”

Sendak Homage Contest

Did you find Sergio Ruzzier’s homage to Maurice Sendak in A Letter for Leo? Well, we now have a WINNER! Lisa Brown tweeted her answer with ‪#‎SendakHomage‬ to @SergioRuzzier and was entered to win this limited edition signed print of the cover for A Letter for Leo.

Every episode of StoryMakers includes a giveaway–watch so you can be a WINNER, too!



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From www.ruzzier.com:
Sergio Ruzzier is a picture book author and illustrator. He was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, and began his career as an illustrator in 1986. In 1995 he moved to New York City, where he’s been creating pictures and stories for national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and The Society of Publication Designers. He won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for The Room of Wonders and for his illustrations for Why Mole Shouted. He was a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship. Sergio is represented by Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

You can get your very own copy of Sergio’s books through Indie Bound:

Leo, a mailman, takes in a small bird, Cheep, who missed the autumn migration of his flock.When spring comes and Cheep moves on, Leo is sad to see him go, but he also has hope, and the letter he has been longing for finally arrives.


In gorgeously illustrated spreads and two-word phrases, this picture book takes two adorable mice through their exciting and eventful day. Funny, lively, and easy to follow, the book offers the youngest readers the chance to count from one to three and back again.


There’s something in that tall bamboo. Oh, my goodness It’s a shoe!  A mouse comes across a shoe and sets out to find its owner. A conscientious role model, this determined mouse asks an unlikely assortment of animals if the shoe belongs to them, hears about their own shoes, and receives a surprising reward at the end.


Duck can’t find his new blue socks. He looks everywhere—except on his own feet!



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Kid Lit TV Commenter Agyw

This is a wonderful interview. I especially liked Sergio’s comments about having mystery in the work. I so enjoy your interviews Rocco.


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