Katie Mazeika is an award-winning author and illustrator specializing in telling stories based on real people and events. She is passionate about highlighting disabled voices in her work.
Her author/illustrator debut, “Annette Feels Free: The True Story of Annette Kellerman, World-Class Swimmer, Fashion Pioneer, and Real-Life Mermaid,” was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, a CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Banks Street Best Book of the Year, 2023, and a Northen Lights Book Award winner. She is also the illustrator of numerous other books, including three books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Babies series. Her upcoming books include “Beulah Has a Hunch! Inside the Colorful Mind of Master Inventor Beulah Louise Henry”(2023) about prolific and neurodivergent inventor Beulah Henry, and “Maybe Just Ask Me”(2024), loosely based on Katie’s own childhood experiences as a kid who wore an eyepatch.
As a picture book creator, Katie believes all children should see themselves in books and that neurodiversity and disability should be talked about openly rather than treated as something to be ashamed of.
When she’s not drawing, writing, or visiting schools and libraries, Katie enjoys gardening or reading other people’s books. Katie currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.