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Tamara Schmitz

Biography

Tamara Schmitz

As an illustrator, Tamara Schmitz is well known to the many elementary-grade fans of Laurie Friedman's Mallory chapter books. Tamara grew up one of six children in the small town of Carey, Ohio. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and spent her early career as an art director in advertising, teaching art and illustrating greeting cards. Schmitz addresses a topic close to her own heart in her original self-illustrated picture book STANDING ONMY OWN TWO FEET: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce. Sitting at her desk for too many hours, however, drives Tamara crazy. So in her free time she works on getting her third degree black belt in Taekwondo. Tamara resides in Cincinnati with her husband, two children and stepson.

Tamara Schmitz

Books by Tamara Schmitz

written by Laurie Friedman with illustrations by Tamara Schmitz - Children's 7-11

When eight-and-a-half-year-old Mallory McDonald's parents tell her that they are moving, she's mad --- really mad! It's not fair! How can they make her move away from Mary Ann, her best friend in the whole wide world? Who will she paint her toenails with, tell secrets to and make scrapbooks with? When Mallory arrives at her new house on Wish Pond Road, things are terrible. Her room is too small and the girl next door is mean. But Joey lives next door, too. Even though he doesn't paint his toes, he tells jokes, helps teach her cat to do tricks and shows her how to skateboard. Mallory's having so much fun she forgets the pact she made with Mary Ann never to make friends with a boy next door. 

written by Laurie Friedman with illustrations by Tamara Schmitz - Children's 7-11

Mallory McDonald is turning nine! And she is ready to celebrate getting the past year over --- one troubled with moving, starting a new school, making new friends and sibling rivalry. Mallory wants her ninth birthday to be extra special. So instead of celebrating just one day, she plans an entire "birth month" celebration. But soon, things aren't going according to plan, and Mallory fears that being nine may be just as difficult as being eight.

written by Laurie Friedman with illustrations by Tamara Schmitz - Children's 7-11

Spunky, eight-year-old Mallory McDonald is very unhappy when her parents decide to get her older brother Max a dog. Why would her parents agree to such a thing? Dogs are smelly and bark and chew on things. Plus, they already have a perfectly good cat, Cheeseburger. When they finally get the puppy, it's worse than Mallory imagined. 

written by Laurie Friedman with illustrations by Tamara Schmitz - Children's 7-11

Summer is over and that can only mean one thing for eight-year-old Mallory McDonald (like the restaurant, but no relation) --- she has to go back to school. But not just any school, a new school with all new kids in it.