Lyn Kriegler was born in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1949. From an early age she was avidly painting, drawing and making handmade books. She later majored in Illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in English and Communications Graphics in 1971.
After a career as a staff artist and art director in Washington, DC, she immigrated to New Zealand in 1974. She retold and illustrated her first published book, The Legend of the Kiwi, in 1978. In the course of publication she met author Dorothy Butler, who convinced her to abandon advertising assignments and concentrate on illustrating books for children and young adults. Lyn has since illustrated over 70 publications including 18 picture books with Dorothy Butler, chapter books with Joy Cowley, Margaret Mahy, Pauline Cartwright, Janet Slater Redhead and Fleur Beale, readers, and jacket covers for children, teenagers and adults alike.
Her picture book with author Anthony Holcroft, Chen Li and the River Spirit, was named by the New Zealand Book Council as one of New Zealand’s Best 100 Children’s Books. In addition to book illustration, she creates paintings and artworks in a variety of mediums: watercolour, pen and ink, acrylics and oils.
Lyn is a long-standing member of the New Zealand Book Council Writers in Schools Programme and frequently visits schools throughout the country where she conducts sessions in art, storytelling, puppetry, literacy and creative writing.
Lyn lives and works from her studio, a converted stable, at Karekare Beach on Auckland’s wild west coast.
- The Magpies Said: Stories and Poems from New Zealand collected by Dorothy Butler (Kestrel 1980).
- The Legend of the Kiwi (Alister Taylor 1981).
- A Bundle of Birds text by Dorothy Butler (Reed Methuen 1987).
- Come back Ginger: A Tale of Old New Zealand text by Dorothy Butler (Reed Methuen 1987).
- Pins and Needles text by Janet Slater Redhead (Hodder & Stoughton 1989).
- Bears, Bears, Bears text by Dorothy Butler (Century Hutchinson 1989).
- Pins and Needles text by Janet Slater Redhead (Hodder and Stoughton) 1989.
- Rosie Moonshine text by Anthony Holcroft (Century Hutchinson 1989).
- Chen Li and the River Spirit text by Anthony Holcroft (Hodder & Stoughton 1990).
- Lulu text by Dorothy Butler (Hodder & Stoughton 1990).
- Lucky for Some text by Vivien Mulgrew (Random Century 1990).
- Higgledy Piggledy Hobbledy Hoy text by Dorothy Butler (Greenwillow Books 1991).
- By Jingo!: A Tale of Old New Zealand text by Dorothy Butler (Little Mammoth 1992).
- What Peculiar People! text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1994).
- Driving a Bargain text by Fleur Beale (HarperCollins1994).
- Good Night, Alice and Other Stories text by Tessa Copland (Little Mammoth 1993).
- Bush Behind the Bay text by Diana Noonan (Mammoth 1994).
- Farm Boy, City Girl text by Dorothy Butler (Ashton Scholastic 1994).
- Kangaroo Bill and the Forest behind the Bay: A Story of Old New Zealand text by Diana Noonan (Reed 1994).
- Sam 'n' Tommy and the Snakeman text by Pauline Cartwright (HarperCollins 1994).
- Hector, an Old Bear text by Dorothy Butler (Puffin 1995).
- Just a Dog text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1995).
- What a Birthday! text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1996).
- Hemi & the Shortie Pyjamas text by Joan de Hamel (Puffin 1996).
- Family Surprises text by Margaret Mahy [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2006).
- Davy's Ducks: A Tale of Old New Zealand text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 2006).
- Seadog: A Tale of Old New Zealand text by Dorothy Butler (Puffin 2007).
- Professor Pingwit and the Pungapeople text by Barry Crump (Hachette NZ 2009)
- The Ghost Tree and Other Stories text by Anthony Holcroft (Puffin 2009).
- Farmer Beetroot's Birthday text by Dorothy Butler (Duck Creek Press 2010).
- Christmas in the Bush text by Lindy Kelly (HarperCollins 2011)
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