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Amanda (Moeckel) Calatzis holds an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She is the illustrator of Mister Rogers' Gift of Music (Page Street Kids, 2022), and author-illustrator of Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song (Page Street Kids, 2018). 

Her first word was “light,” and her art shows her enduring obsession with it. Her stories for children are uplifting and soulful, with touches of magic. Her work has been featured on The Children’s Book PodcastSeven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and other popular kidlit blogs.

Amanda grew up near an old theme park in Massachusetts, then spent a couple decades as a city-dweller in DC, San Francisco and NYC. Now she calls NY's Hudson Valley home, along with her husband, two children, and three senior dogs.


She is represented by Charlotte Boudreau of Prospect Agency.

For her pet portraits, see

Select Client List

  • Candlewick Press

  • Sleeping Bear Press

  • Page Street Kids

  • Gap Kids

  • Greater New York Hospital Association

  • Henri Bendel

  • Paul Stuart

  • Kinetika Records

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