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Charise Mericle Harper

e6ce614a8af30a7e9d9a6b.L._V179490534_SX200_Charise Mericle Harper is the creator of the witty and winning Just Grace series, along with many other books for young readers. Charise was born in Vancouver, B.C. and still has her Canadian citizenship. Besides writing and illustrating children’s books, Charise has also been a freelance editorial illustrator for many national magazines and newspapers, penned a weekly comic strip that ran in about nine alternative newspapers, and earned a business degree in Marketing.

When working in her studio on her various projects, like the Just Grace books or the Fashion Kitty series, Charise likes getting phone calls, because sometimes it gets a little lonely working by herself all day. She doesn’t like it, however, when her cat walks all over her artwork with her dirty feet. She also sometimes talks to her paintbrushes, which she never throws away, even when they get worn out, because they are like old friends.

She loves coffee, and has an extreme weakness for pie. Her favorite color just might be green. She lives in Oregon, NY with her husband, two children and one very pesky cat that meows too much.

Take a look at Charise’s website.

Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2