Juli Kangas grew up in Kansas City. After graduating from Kansas University, she worked for several years as a designer for Hallmark Cards, Inc., right there in her hometown. She then lived for four years in The Netherlands, where she began her freelance career, and enjoyed traveling around Europe, especially seeking out any opportunity to explore medieval villages and castles. The next phase was settling in Texas with two children to raise. She continued as a freelance illustrator, and her work included the children’s books Photographer Mole, Theodore, and A Child’s Book of Prayers. She also wrote and illustrated The Surprise Visitor.
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