Author/Illustrator Bio: Storytelling and the magic of words have always been important to Eve Bunting.

She grew up in Northern Ireland, where storytelling is a tradition, and came to America as a young mother. Eve writes every day and her ideas come from what excites and interests her. She has the unique ability to address contemporary social issues, from homelessness to illiteracy, in a sensitive manner, and at the same time to explore the dynamics of family relationships. Eve Bunting is the author of more than 200 beloved books for young people, from preschoolers to teenagers. Among her many popular picture books for Clarion are THE WALL, FLY AWAY HOME, and TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.
Born in Ireland, Eve Bunting grew up in a tradition steeped in the art of storytelling and the magic of words. "There used to be Shanachies in the Ireland of long ago," she says. "The Shanachie was the storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and faires, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I'm a bit of a Shanachie myself, telling my stories to anyone who'll listen." In 1958 Eve Bunting moved to California with her husband and three children. It was there, several years later, that she enrolled in Writing for Publication class at her local junior college. Filled with ideas and a strong desire to write, she was, nevertheless, uncertain of what to expect. "All doubts vanished when I had my first published story and then my first published book," she recalls. Since the first book, a retelling of an old Irish folktale about the giant Finn McCool, Eve Bunting has carried on her homeland's storytelling tradition in over a hundred books for children and young adults -- books about everything from sharks and horses to football players. "I like to write for every child," she says. "For every age, for every interest. That is why I have such a variety of books -- from pre-school, through the middle grades and beyond. The young adult novels I write border on the true adult novel, but I enjoy keeping my protagonists in their upper teens where lives are new and filled with challenge, where nothing is impossible. "One of my greatest joys is writing picture books. I have discovered the pleasures of telling a story of happiness or sorrow in a few simple words. I like to write picture books that make young people ponder, that encourage them to ask questions. 'Why did that happen, Mom? Could it happen again? Can't we help? What can we do?' One child wrote to tell me that one of my books had won the Heal the World award at her school. It is among the most cherished honors I have ever received and the plaque hangs proudly above my desk." In addition to this tribute, Eve Bunting has received many awards, including the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in 1976 for One More Flight (Warne). In 1995 the Caldecott Medal was presented to David Diaz for his illustrations for her Smoky Night (Harcourt). Ms. Bunting has taught several writing classes, including one at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives with her husband in Pasadena, California.

Eve Bunting
Eve Bunting has more than two hundred books to her credit. She consistently receives praise and is not afraid to take on controversial topics. That includes Caldecott Medalwinning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, which focused on the race riots in Los Angeles, and most recently Riding the Tiger illustrated by David Frampton (2001, Clarion, Ages 8 to 12, $16.00), and Gleam and Glow illustrated by Peter Sylvada (2001, Harcourt, Ages 7 to 9, $16.00). In the latter, a family hastens to escape their war-torn county, but before leaving the young boy puts two beautiful fish in their pond in the hope that they may live a day or two more. The family escapes to the safety of a refugee camp. When the war ends, they return home only to find that all is destroyed except that the beautiful fish have multiplied and filled the pond-adding some joy to their return. As she remarked in one presentation "the saddest wars are civil wars." Riding the Tiger, according to our reviewer Beverley Fahey, is a haunting allegory-how to avoid the temptation of conformity and to stand tall for individualism-is related in vivid language. "Bunting has crafted a tale for today's children, who often find themselves riding the tiger. Used as a discussion starter, this book will empower kids to become masters of their own fate." Another difficult subject is addressed in The Days of Summer. It is one of the few picture books that discusses the divorce of grandparents. It, like the other thought-provoking stories she has written, ends on a positive note. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, Eve Bunting relocated to California in 1958 with her husband. She began her writing career, when her three children were in high school and college. She enrolled in a writing course at a junior college, and in 1972, her first book, a retold Irish folktale called The Two Giants, was published. Eve Bunting writes picture books, middle grade novels, and novels for young adults. Her books have received many awards including the Regina Medal, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and the Golden Kite Award. She has also been honored with the Kerlan Award. Probably most telling is her appearance on more than twenty state lists where the children have chosen her books for their state awards.

Eve Bunting
The author of more than one hundred books for children and young adults, Eve Bunting is an extraordinary storyteller. But her books do more than entertain---they speak fundamenmtal truths.Born and educated in Northern Ireland, Eve moved to Southern California in 1958 with her husband and three children. She has lived there ever since, but her Irish roots remain strong, recalling the Shanachies--roving storytellers in the Ireland of long ago. "Maybe I'm a bit of a Shanachie myself," she says, "telling my stories to anyone who will listen."Eve's many honors include the Society of Children's Book Writers' 1976 Golden Kite Award for One More Flight and the 1984 PEN Los Angeles Center Special Literary Achievement Award for her overall contribution to children's literature. Her picture book The Wall was a main "Reading Rainbow" selection for 1992.Eve's books are regularly Junior Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club selections. She has also been honored by numerous teachers' associations and by children---her most important critics. This is Eve's sixth year on the Chautauqua faculty.