Roxie Munro is the author/illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including Mazescapes, Amazement Park, the Inside-Outside Books (The New York Times Best Illustrated Award), Mazeways: A to Z, and Go!Go!Go!. Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.
Recent books: Market Maze (Kirkus Star), Slithery Snakes, EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures (Starred Review in School Library Journal; Smithsonian’s Best Science Book for Children), Desert Days, Desert Nights, Hatch! (Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA and CBC; Society of International Librarians Honor Award; Bank St College Best Books of 2012, with Outstanding Merit), Busy Builders (Bank Street CCLL Cook Prize Honor), and a series of nine nonfiction fold-out KIWi Jr. Storybooks.
Recent apps: “Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure” (16-screen multi-player jigsaw puzzle), “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure” (an interactive game app), and the 3-D app, “Roxie’s DOORS.”
Roxie was born in Texas, and grew up in southern Maryland, by the Chesapeake Bay. At the age of six, she won first prize in a county-wide contest for a painting of a bowl of fruit. She has been a working artist all her life, for a while freelancing in Washington, DC as a television courtroom artist. It was great training for life drawing, concentration under pressure, and making deadlines. Clients included CBS, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine.
She also creates oils, watercolors, prints, and drawings, primarily cityscapes, which are exhibited widely in the US in galleries and museums. Roxie’s work is in numerous private, public, and corporate collections. Roxie Munro studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University (Athens), and received a Yaddo Fellowship in Painting. She lectures in museums, schools, libraries, and conferences, and teaches in workshops and the Paint in Italy program.
Many oils and watercolors are views from the roof of her sky-lighted loft studio in Long Island City, NY, just across the East River from her home in mid-Manhattan. Roxie is married to the Swedish writer/photographer, Bo Zaunders.