Galia Bernstein was born and raised in Israel. She started her career as a designer and cartoonist in the Israeli Army’s magazine, and was the art director of two children’s magazines and a writer of a monthly column in a computer magazine, before moving to New York to study illustration in Parsons School of Design at the New School. Today, she is a full time illustrator and author who also works in textile design and ceramics.
Her debut author/illustrated picture book, I AM A CAT, was published by Abrams Books in 2018 and has co-editioned into over 14 languages and countries, across Europe and around the world. Her second picture book, LEYLA published May 2019 with a starred review from PW. Galia lives in Brooklyn, NY with her beloved dog, Ollie.
⭐ “Bernstein’s debut is a fresh, powerful twist on the tension between in-groups and out-groups. The big cats threaten, but her hero shows no signs of compromise or apology. And her spare, clean artwork shares the same sense of certainty.”
⭐ “Bernstein’s debut is fun, well crafted, and promising. The simple text and strong pictures offer an amusing read-aloud for small groups or individual children.”