Koda-Callan, Elizabeth 1944-
KODA-CALLAN, Elizabeth 1944-
PERSONAL: Born September 26, 1944, in Stamford, CT; daughter of Alexander John and Helen (Wojciehowski) Koda; married J. Michael Callan, August 14, 1971 (divorced, 1978); children: Jennifer Kristen. Education: University of Dayton, B.A., 1966; postgraduate study at School for Visual Arts, 1969-70, 1972-75. Politics: Democrat.
ADDRESSES: Office—792 Columbus Ave., Apt. 6D, New York, NY 10025.
CAREER: Conde Nast Publications, New York, NY, designer for Glamour magazine, 1967-69; Columbia Broadcasting System, New York, NY, designer and art director, 1969-70; Mademoiselle magazine, New York, NY, designer and illustrator, 1970-71; Visible Studio, New York, NY, assistant to illustrator, 1973-75; Scholastic Inc., New York, NY, designer, art editor, and associate art editor, 1975-81; Pushpin Lubalin Peckolick, New York, NY, illustrator, 1982-84.
MEMBER: Graphic Artists Guild.
AWARDS, HONORS: Society of Illustrators award, 1975; Art Directors Show award, Art Directors Club, 1980; American Institute of Graphic Arts book design show award, 1982; Print magazine award, 1982; New York Regional Show award, 1982; Graphis Annual award, 1983-84.
(Illustrator) 200 Years of American Illustration, Random House (New York, NY), 1977.
The Squiggly Wigglys, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 2003.
"MAGIC CHARM" SERIES
The Magic Locket, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1988.
The Silver Slippers, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1989.
The Good Luck Pony, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1990.
The Tiny Angel, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1991.
The Shiny Skates, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1992.
The Cat Next Door, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1993.
The Two Best Friends, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1994.
The Queen of Hearts, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1995.
The Storyteller, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1996.
The Secret Diary, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1997.
The Artist's Palette, Storybook and Sketchbook, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1998.
SIDELIGHTS: Elizabeth Koda-Callan is an author and illustrator. Her career as an artist began after she completed her post-graduate studies in visual arts and became a designer for Glamour magazine. She continued to work as both an art editor and illustrator, and published her first children's book in 1988.
The Magic Locket is a children's book geared specifically to young girls. The little girl in the story feels as though she can never do anything right. She receives a golden necklace as a gift and with it comes the magical power of believing in herself. An actual packaged locket accompanies this book that was both written and illustrated by the author. The Magic Locket was followed by other books in the "Magic Charm" series. Each of the eleven books in the series comes with a necklace or some other trinket, and has a character building plot, featuring a young girl who overcomes an obstacle of some sort.
The Shiny Skates focuses on determination and is about a girl's perseverance to learn to skate. The Cat Next Door tells the story of a girl who must prove to her mother that she is responsible enough to have a cat of her own. The Secret Diary features a main character who desperately wants a baby sister, but when she gets her wish, she is surprised by her feelings of jealousy. She then turns to her diary to sort out her feelings. This particular book turns into a diary for the reader and comes with a key on a chain.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Aabra Books,http://www.aabra.com/ (January 24, 2003).*