Meet the Illustrator

Doris Ettlinger

Portrait of Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger spends her days drawing pictures of children, caring for two teenagers, feeding a short-legged dog, tending her flowers, and reading books about faraway places.

Ettlinger was born on Staten Island, New York, in 1950. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been illustrating professionally ever since. Today she lives, draws, and teaches in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in Warren County, New Jersey. She tells her art students that drawing every day improves her skills, just as practicing an instrument improves a musician's skills or working out improves an athlete's performance. The more she works, the easier it becomes to draw the scenes she sees in her mind.

Doris Ettlinger says her characters often look like the eight-year-old self that's still hanging out inside her "mature" self. She says 8 is a good age, and so is 50.

Doris Ettlinger
Find out more about Doris Ettlinger at her Web site.

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Other Books Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger

  • The Orange Shoes
    (written by Trinka Hakes Noble)
  • Pilgrim Cat
    (written by Carol Antoinette Peacock)
  • T Is for Teacher: A School Alphabet
    (written by Steven L. Layne and Deborah Dover Layne)
  • G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet
    (written by Eileen Cameron)
  • Abe Lincoln Loved Animals
    (written by Ellen Jackson)
  • A New Little Cabin
    (written by Maria D. Wilkes)
  • Brookfield Friends
    (written by Maria D. Wilkes)
  • The Adventures of Rose and Swiney
    (written by Roger Lea MacBride)
  • Frontier Family
    (written by Maria D. Wilkes)
  • Rose at Rocky Ridge
    (written by Roger Lea MacBride)
  • Sugar Snow
    (adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • A Little House Birthday
    (adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder)