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Ms. Noonan was born and raised in Naugatuck, CT. but has spent most of her life loving Brooklyn, NY. She presently divides her time between there and Stony Brook, Long Island.
Her work has been singled out for distinction in a number of areas since her graduation with honors from Pratt Institute.
Her illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Sesame Street Magazine and Good Housekeeping. She has done work for UNICEF, and many major corporations, but children’s books have always been her favorite form of expression.
Three books illustrated by Ms. Noonan, Peter's Pocket, The Shut Eye Train, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, were chosen as Literary Guild Selections. Her illustrations for The Throme of The Erril of Sherill toured in the Children's Book Council Showcase. Peter's Pocket was read on Captain Kangaroo. You're Just What I Need was chosen by Parent's magazine as one of the best books of 1998.
Comments on her work in Something About the Author include the following: “…intricate and spellbinding”; “…mood of delicate fantasy”; and “…subtle grace of gesture and expression.” Her writing has been called “exuberant.”
Year 2000 through 2003
2000-2002:wrote and illustrated Hare and Rabbit, Friends Forever for Scholastic's "Hello Reader" series, as well as three Puppy and Me picture books: Bath Day; Breakfast Time; and Going to the Corner.
2003: illustrations for When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle (Harper Collins), and two of her own titles for Dutton: Mouse by Mouse, A Counting Adventure,,and The Very Best Doll.
2004 Baby Bat's Lullaby, illustrated for Jaquelyn Mitchard through Harper Collins.