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Kristin Varner

KRISTIN VARNER grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Utah, doodling and riding her big wheel. She eventually traded in her big wheel, but her doodles landed her a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Kristin creates artwork for children’s books, magazines, toys, apparel and other products. She currently lives in Seattle, WA with her brainy husband and one adorable little. When not doodling critters in her sketchbook, Kristin can be found climbing rocks or simply enjoying the wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Credit: Jenny Jimenez

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For more information, please contact Teresa Kietlinski at teresa(a)

Kristin’s Bookshelf:

Dog Trouble
by Kristin Varner
First Second, forthcoming
For translation rights inquiry, please contact rightsmix(at)

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Horse Trouble
by Kristin Varner | First Second, 2021

“Kate’s first-person narration imbues a matter-of-fact tone, matched by panels—sketched in blue pencil and digitally inked—that carefully detail expressive Kate’s ups, downs, and in-betweens.”—Publishers Weekly

­”Although horses are Kate’s ‘thing,’ readers don’t need to be horse lovers to empathize with her self-consciousness and growing self-confidence.”—School Library Journal

• a Texas Library Association (TLA) Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List selection, 2021
•an ALA Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List nominee, 2021
Foreign Editions Available:
• German  | Ueberreuter Verlag
• French  | Les Editions Rue De Sevres
For translation rights inquiry, please contact rightsmix(at)

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Contact info:

Bookmark Literary
Teresa Kietlinski
189 Berdan Ave #101
Wayne NJ 07470


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