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Biography of Demi

Demi is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She has published over 130 books during her career. Born in Cambridge, MA, she studied art at the Instituto Allende, Mexico; with Sister Corita at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles; and was a Fulbright scholar at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India where she received her Master’s degree. Well known for her biographies of pivotal historical and spiritual figures such as Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, Rumi, Saint Francis, Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama, her book The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children's Literacy Initiative.

In 1990, both Demi and her husband, translator Tze-si “Jesse” Huang, represented the United States at the First Children's International Book Conference in Beijing. Both Demi and Jesse are practicing Buddhists.

Books/DVDs containing the work of Demi

Demi’s contributions to World Wisdom/Wisdom Tales books:

  • When the Animals Saved Earth: An Eco-Fable, retold by Alexis York Lumbard, illustrated by Demi
  • The Pandas and Their Chopsticks: and Other Animal Stories, writer and illustrator
    • Winner in the “Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the USA “Best Books 2014” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
    • Gold Medal in the “Illustration – Graphic” category, and Silver Medals in the “Cover” and “Interior Layout” categories of the 2014 Midwest Book Awards
    • Bronze Book of the Year Award from Foreword Magazine
  • Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence, by Manoj Jain, illustrated by Demi
    • Winner in the “Children's Religious” category of The USA “Best Books 2014” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
    • Gold Medal in the “Children’s Nonfiction” category of the 2014 Midwest Book Awards
    • Honor Award in the 2015 Skipping Stones Honor Awards, in the category “Multicultural & International Books”
  • The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, written and illustrated by Demi
    • “Highly Commended Book” for the 2014 South Asia Book Awards
    • Silver Medals in the Midwest Independent Publishers Association 2013 Midwest Book Awards in the “Illustration: Graphic” and “Interior Lay Out” categories.
    • Finalist for the USA Book News “Best Children's Picture Book”
    • Finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year award in the “Juvenile Nonfiction” category
  • Master of Zen: Extraordinary Teachings from Hui Neng’s Altar Sutra, translated and adapted by Tze-si Huang and illustrated by Demi
    • Winner in the “Spirituality: Inspirational” category of The USA “Best Books 2012” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
    • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy”
  • The Conference of the Birds, retold by Alexis York Lumbard and illustrated by Demi
    • Winner in the “Spirituality: Inspirational” category of The USA “Best Books 2012” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
    • Finalist in the “Best New Children's Picture Book” category of The USA “Best Books 2012” Awards
    • Finalist in the “Best Interior Design” category of The USA “Best Books 2012” Awards
    • ForeWord  Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Picture Books”
    • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Illustration: Graphic”
    • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Interior Layout”
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, written and illustrated by Demi
    • ForeWord  Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Juvenile Nonfiction”


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