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Portrait photo of Debra Fraiser
Portrait photo of Debra Fraiser
Creator: Debra Fraiser
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Debra is the author and illustrator of many award-winning picture books including On the Day You Were Born and Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster. In addition to her well- known talks on creative process, Debra’s innovative "Book Events" build a community’s creativity through projects that start with a story.

I spoke to Debra a few years ago at an online course event. We talked about her home in Ashville, North Carolina, about the swatches she had for her children’s books, and about travel from Patagonia, Paris, Bologna, and Munich.

It didn’t hit me until today she’s also the author of On the Day You Were Born, a book read to me as a child at my Elementary school’s library.

A [lyrical poem] that welcomes each child to the every day miracles of planet Earth – the Sun, Moon, North Star, wind, rain, tides and the circle of people awaiting each child.

On the Day You Were Born book cover
On the Day You Were Born book cover

I highly recommend Debra’s children’s books and art. She released a new book last year entitled This Is the Planet Where I Live. She also runs “Paper Camp” where “we can joyfully experiment with cutting paper together”.