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The following is a wonderful biography of Ms. Sharon Kane, provided for your enjoyment courtesy of Ms. Kane herself (thanks, Sharon!).

 

SHARON SMITH KANE

 

Sharon Kane grew up in Indiana, the child of an artist-writer mother and engineer father.  She began her art career at the age of nine when she had a drawing published in Children's Activities Magazine (now Highlights For Children) and the thrill of seeing her work in print got in her blood.

Soon many more of her pictures, stories and poems found their way to that and other children's magazines.  She was a steady contributor to Child Life and The Christian Science Monitor.

As a teen her art was published in Scholastic Magazine and Seventeen Magazine and The South Bend Tribune.  At 17 she stepped into the professional arena when she created a teenage cartoon, Buttons An' Beaux, which was syndicated in newspapers across the country.  Through this she was able to finance her college education and graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1954.

At age 25 she wrote and illustrated her first children's book, Where Are  You Going Today?, published by Albert Whitman & Co. Chicago.

Over the next twenty years, while being married and raising children, she illustrated more than 25 picture books for Golden Press and Rand McNally with titles such as My Baby Sister, Little Red Riding Hood, My Counting Book, Counting Rhymes, Giant Golden Book Of Storytime Tales, Tie My Shoe, Peek-A-Boo, Time For A Rhyme, Little Mommy, The Farmer In The Dell, The Pet Parade, Time For Everything, Bedtime Stories, The Christmas Snowman and many others.

Her work has reached children in every English speaking country in the world.  Many of her books, now out of print, are collector's items.

In 1991 she was invited to contribute representative works to be permanently held and displayed by the Northern Indiana Historical Society in South Bend, Indiana, her place of birth.

Today her creativity continues with watercolor paintings produced as prints for framing, warmly expressing her abiding love for children and the wonders of childhood.

 

 

Sharon Kane, 1950.  Publicity photos taken just prior to the publication of Buttons An' Beaux.

 

Be sure to visit the Buttons An' Beaux gallery page for great examples of the art of Sharon Kane.

 

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