Stephanie Campisi

Picture book and middle grade author

Stephanie Campisi is an Australian-born, Washington-based children’s book author. Her work spans zany middle grade novels, funny picture books and the odd poem. Current and forthcoming titles include The Ugly Dumpling, Luis and Tabitha, The Five Sisters and Very Lulu.

Luis and Tabitha

illustrated by Hollie Mengert
Familius, September 2018

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Luis and Tabitha picture book by Stephanie Campisi and Hollie Mengert

Luis is an alley cat who has everything figured out . . . until he meets Tabitha, a beautiful indoor cat. Separated by a tragic glass door, Luis will do anything to be with Tabitha - —even brave the dangers of a fire.

With adorable illustrations and undeniable style, Luis and Tabitha is the story of two star-crossed kitties who prove that true love conquers all.


The Five Sisters

illustrator TBC
Familius, September 2019


Very Lulu

illustrated by Jessica Gibson
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 2019


The Ugly Dumpling

illustrated by Shahar Kober 
Mighty Media Press, April 2016

"A bright, multicultural twist on a classic tale. ... Specifically told without gendered pronouns, this is simply a story about love. Kober’s illustrations are characterised by delicious changes in perspective, and Campisi’s sly, humorous asides ensure that the message of identity is not heavy-handed ... Quirky retellings often lean on clever titles alone, but this surpasses and delights."—Kirkus ReviewsStarred Review

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Ugly Dumpling cover Campisi Kober

Once upon a time
perhaps last week
or even last night
at your local dim sum restaurant
there was an ugly dumpling...

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