Asun Balzola

She was born in Bilbao in 1942 and died in Madrid in 2006. She was a writer, illustrator and translator. She studied drawing and painting in the 60´s. She lived for a while in Italy and on returning to Spain decided to base herself in Madrid.

From that time in 1976, when she dedicated herself exclusively to writing and drawing, she illustrated as many creative books as text books, working for most of the publishers in Spain and for Various European and American publishers. Her work in the press, advertising and graphic design must not be forgotten. She was joint president of the Asociación de Ilustradores de Madrid along with Forges.

She was awarded the Lazarillo Prize in 1965 for Cancionero infantil universal and with the National Prize of Illustration in 1985 for Munia y la señora Piltronera.

Selected bibliography

Text and illustrations:
- Historia de un erizo. Miñón, 1978. El Jinete Azul, 2010.
- Munia y la luna. (1982). Destino, 1990.
- Guillermo, ratón de biblioteca (1983). Madrid: Anaya, 2005.
- Los zapatos de Munia. (1983). Planeta & Oxford, 2004.
- Munia y el cocolilo naranja (1984). Destino, 2000.
- Munia y la señora Piltronera. Destino, 1985.
- La cazadora de Indiana Jones. SM, 1989

As illustrator:
- El Reino de los Niños (1980). SM, 2000.
- La bruja doña Paz. Miñón, 1981.
- Zuecos y naranjas (1981). La Galera, 2001.
- Celia y la revolución. Aguilar, 1987.
- Historias de Franz. SM, 1987.
- Papá ya no vive con nosotros. SM, 1993.
- Rusika (1993). SM, 1996.
- Flordecol. La Galera, 1994.
- El primer gigante. La Galera, 1995.
- El árbol de mi patio. Edebé, 1996.
- El círculo mágico. Junior/Grijalbo Mondadori, 1996.
- Cuando los gatos se sienten tan solos. Anaya, 1997.
- Marina; Caballito de mar (1998). Anaya, 2004.
- La bruja y el maestro. Anaya, 2001.
- ¿Por qué no tengo los ojos azules? Edelvives, 2005.