About Patti Stren

author | humorist
illustrator | animation designer | artist
cartoonist | voice over actor | producer

Patti Stren is a writer, humorist, illustrator, animation designer, artist, cartoonist, voice over actor and producer. She has written and illustrated 17 children’s books and two novels, among other work. And has two animated shorts to her name: HUG ME and Mona Mon Amour. Patti was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. She earned her BA at the University of Toronto and her BFA at the New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Patti has been published by such distinguished publishers as Harper & Row, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Hyperion Books, Kawai Publishing Tokyo, Scholastic Canada Ltd; (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Editions, Éditions Scholastic) Toronto. HarperCollins Publishers, Caedmon, Sauerländer, Aarau, Switzerland and Frankfurt, Germany; E.P. Dutton (Unicorn Press); and Twenty-First Century Books, a division of Henry Holt and Company, New York. Her new HUG ME SERIES has just been published by The Shluffyland Express Press, Toronto and New York.

Among the many lovable characters Stren has created, one has emerged as a perennial favorite – Elliot Kravitz, the porcupine in need of a hug. Elliot was introduced in the book HUG ME. The renowned actress Blythe Danner recorded HUG ME and Other Stories by Patti Stren in 1983.


HUG ME first edition audio by Blythe Danner

“Patti Stren is the most delightful and inventive artist and creator of books and creatures for folks from 4 to 104 – she’s just the best.” – Blythe Danner

In Stren’s latest book, HUG ME FULL COLOR 2nd edition with lotsa new drawings, Patti reads the story and does the voice over of Elliot the little porcupine and all the other critters. You are guaranteed to love her endearing sighs and silly snoring sound effects!


2nd edition audio

by Patti Stren

elliot the little porcupine speaks

HUG ME FULL COLOR 2nd edition audio read in a proper British accent by Rosemary Allison

For the short animated film Mona Mon Amour, Patti is the Voice of Mona Mon Amour and the creator of Mona and the other original characters, as well as the Animation Artist/Designer, Writer, Executive Producer and Co-Producer of the original music by Donald Harrison.

Mona Mon Amour

audio by Patti Stren

Introducing Mona

Click here to read about Patti Stren’s collaboration with Director, Producer, Animator Michael Sporn on the short animated film, Mona Mon Amour, along with a biographical history and great reviews of Patti’s work.

Shooting for the Moon

University of Toronto Magazine, Spring 1995 article featuring Patti Stren.


Below pages 34 and 35 are larger for easier reading.


Special Achievement Award

Patti Stren’s Works: “…distinguished and recognized for her Literary Achievements at the International level in the field of Children’s Literature. Combining her wit and wisdom, sense and sensibility, to address the realities of young people’s minds.”

May 25, 2002, Minister of Culture, Province of Ontario, Canada.

Patti Stren Special Acheivement Award

Patti simply could not resist sharing the video she took of her hubby Richard.