Northwestern College to host children’s book creators

The author and illustrator of a recently published children’s book will speak at Northwestern College on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 1:45 p.m.

Artist Duha Lee of Orange City, the illustrator of “Sleepy Baby Samurai and the Magic Painting,” will appear in person, while the author, Andrew Zeller of Canada, will join via Zoom. The event will take place in the DeWitt Library’s children’s collection, located on the lower level of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

Lee and Zeller will read the story, then discuss their process of developing the story from creation to publication. The duo will also take questions from the audience.

Intended for children ages 4 to 8, “Sleepy Baby Samurai and the Magic Painting” is a bedtime story about a sweet baby boy who cannot fall asleep. When he tries to find his mommy and favorite blanket, he enters a magical fantasy world painted by her and inspired by Japanese art. The little samurai relies on his courage and imagination to discover what he seeks.

Illustrator Duha Lee grew up in Taiwan in a family where everyone painted or taught art. She studied digital painting and graphic design in college. Lee currently lives in Orange City with her husband, Han-Yen Kao, an economics professor at Northwestern College, and their two young children. In addition to authoring his children’s book, Zeller works on films, creating digital images and visual effects, and teaches others how to use technologies to tell a story. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and son.

For more information about this event, contact Sara Huyser, the DeWitt Library’s outreach and engagement coordinator, at or 712-707-7311.