Michèle Lemieux began working as an illustrator in the late 1970s. For five years she worked in Germany, where she published her first books. Since 1988, the year she returned to Montreal, she has worked as a professor at UQAM’s École de design. Her illustrated books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have earned her many international awards, the most notable being the Bologna Ragazzi Award - the highest international honour in children's literature – in 1997. Many of her books have been made into films or performed on stage. She spent 2000 through 2002 at the National Film Board of Canada, creating an animated film based on her book Stormy Night. In 2004, this film garnered the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the prize for the best children’s film in Stuttgart, Germany. Her work has been seen in many exhibitions throughout Europe, North and South America and Japan.