Childrens’ book illustrator is Women’s FOCUS speaker

News Graphic Staff

Oct. 27, 2015

MEQUON — Renée Graef, an illustrator of books for children, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 18 meeting of Women’s FOCUS.

Graef has illustrated more than 70 books for children, including the Kirsten books in the “American Girl” collection and many of the “My First Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder for HarperCollins. She served as creative consultant for five years, art directing many of the books in the Little House program.

She has also illustrated classics such as “The Nutcracker” and “My Favorite Things.” She is currently working on an alphabet book about the lighthouses of the Great Lakes. She splits her time between Wisconsin and California.

The event will be held at Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N. River Road, Mequon.

The meeting begins with registration at 11:30 a.m. Reservations can be made at or by email to

The cost of the program is $22. The event is open to members and guests. A gluten-free lunch option is available upon request.

Women’s FOCUS is an organization for women business owners, management executives and professionals. It aims to enhance professional and personal development. For more information, go to