Who we are - Madeleine Editions

Eva Lou

is the founder of Madeleine Editions. A Taiwanese-born, American-educated writer, she has called Kaohsiung, Hawaii, Seoul, and now Paris her home. Eva used to write mostly for adults – until she became parent to a story-loving girl! Applying her multicultural lens and unique combination of skills as a writer with a background in music and art curation, Eva set out to develop books that merge music, storytelling and moving pictures. She collaborates with acclaimed artists from around the globe to bring families quality multimedia books in easily accessible formats.

She has authored several children’s books, some of which have gone on to win the Indie Book, Family Choice and Purple Dragonfly awards.
Eva holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and a MFA in Writing from Columbia University.
Discover her stories The Taste of a Strawberry, The Little Baby Airplane, Little Travelers, The Princess who loved Rose, and Monster Dance.


Kaitlin Solimine

is an award winning writer, bilingual mother, and childbirth activist. She has a BA from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow. Her novel, Empire of Glass, was shortlisted for the Center of Fiction First Novel prize. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Guernica Magazine, among others.

Her work focuses on exploration, expatriate culture, US-China relations, environmental issues, and motherhood. She has lived around the world—from New England to China to Costa Rica to Singapore to San Francisco—and is co-founder of the academic media platform Hippo Reads.
Her tale for children Sleeping Stones is based on Chinese mythology.


Adrian Van Young

is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, and Shadows in Summerland, a novel. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as Conjunctions, Slate, The Believer, and The New Yorker online. He received a Henfield Foundation Prize and has twice been nominated for the Puschart. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and Boston College.

Currently, he lives in New Orleans with his wife and son, and teaches creative writing at Tulane. Vampire Pool Party is the first creation for children from this literary master of goth.


Eleni N. Gage

is the daughter of Greek father and a Minnesotan mother who has spent her life exploring cultures both foreign and familiar to her. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Folklore and Mythology before pursuing a career in journalism and earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Eleni is the author of the travel memoir North of Ithaka, the novels Other Waters and The Ladies of Managua, and the gift book Lucky in Love.

She is a contributor to Martha Stewart Living magazine and freelance journalist living in New York with her Nicaraguan husband and their two Greekaraguan children.
Discover her story Wiggly Tooth.


Myung-Whun Chung

is one of the most respected maestros of our time. A piano prodigy turned conductor, he has led the world’s best orchestras with his baton. He is recipient of the highest culture honor from many countries, including Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur from France and the Una Vita Nella Musica (Lifetime Music Prize) from Italy.

A Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist, he lends his collection of award-winning recordings to Madeleine Editions, to help children gain an easier appreciation for classical music through their love of stories. Discover the magic of his baton in Little Travelers, The Princess who loved Rose, and Monster Dance.

Thomas Dorsch

is a German composer and conductor. Currently the Music Director at the Lüneburg Theater, he oversees a rich and extensive repertoire. His poetic sensibilities and craftsmanship are evident in his compositions. Particularly remarkable is his ability to raise the bar of children’s theater to the highest musical standards with compositions that capture the imagination.

For The Little Baby Airplane and Wiggly Tooth, he has whipped up an infectious theme song, as well as vivid melodies that capture the evolving landscapes of a voyage around the world!


Yeahwon Shin

Yeahwon’s musical journey began in the suburbs of Seoul. She studied jazz at the New School in New York City and found herself in Brazilian music. Her debut album, Yeahwon, featuring legendary composer Egberto Gismonti and nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, lends much festivity to our story Vampire Pool Party.

Her latest album with ECM, Lua ya, was inspired by new motherhood. For The Taste of a Strawberry, Yeahwon composed miniature melody for each personality, in the spirit of Peter and the Wolf.
She is currently based in Munich as a singer and composer.


Nicolas Leydenbach

is a French-Luxembourg pianist who began his career as an accompanist to singers. He has since then performed in chamber music as well as solo recitals, with a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Schumann.

Polyglot and passionate about languages, he adds the language of music to the multilingual stories of Madeleine Editions. Discover the expressiveness of piano in The Little Baby Airplane!

Valtinho Anastacio

is a percussionist extraordinaire who coaxes music from ancient instruments to gifts from nature. Originally from São Paolo, Brazil, he started with the basic instruments of Samba, then began a life of adventures with both conventional and unconventional instruments, often adding his rich, harmonic voice to improvisations.

He has performed with some of the most talented names in Jazz and World Music. His treasure chest of instruments collected over the years are featured in Sleeping Stones.


Guy Gilchrist

is known as “Jim Henson’s Cartoonist,” created The Muppets comic strip (KFS) for newspapers worldwide (1981-86) and had a lead role on Henson’s creative team on Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock and other Henson creations. He’s headed publishing and/or licensing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Pink Panther and Disney, among others. Throughout the years Guy has garnered many accolades for his work. He’s the author of 50+ children’s books, and has been given three Children’s Choice Awards from the International Reading Council of The United Nations, as well as two Silver Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society (NCS).

Guy’s Muppets work was permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian in 1984, with First Lady Nancy Reagan declaring him “a national treasure”. For 23 years, he also wrote and drew Nancy, Mudpie, and other popular comic strips for various news syndicates.

Guy lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he continues to create art and — his other passion — music!
Discover Guy’s illustrations in Monster Dance.


Steffie Brocoli

is a rising star in the illustration scene in Paris. In the few years since she graduated from Ecole Estienne, she has published children’s books with Mango Jeunesse and Actes Sud Junior, among others. Her books have been translated into English, Italian, Korean, and Japanese.

She also draws, paints, and embroiders for all kinds of projects, from wall murals to pop up stores to gallery exhibits. Steffie’s crisp, vibrant style lends a particular brand of chic to The Taste of a Strawberry.


Elise Follin

is a native Parisian who has been painting and drawing for as long as she could remember. She graduated from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where she studied illustration and graphic design. Since then she has experimented in motion design and 2D animation. The illustrator and animator behind The Little Baby Airplane and Wiggly Tooth, her gentle and harmonious illustration style makes her a favorite amongst little readers.

Thanks to her musical background, she has a knack for uniting pictures and music with perfectly timed movements. She is the Director of Visual Arts at Madeleine Editions.

Julie Jup

is an illustrator and graphic designer in Paris. She studied fine arts in Rennes and graphic design at the Fondarie de l’Image de Bagnolet. She has collaborated with Les Petits Collectionneurs, As You Like magazine and Lomography.

Her universe revolves around curiosities in nature, flora and fauna in dream-like renderings, the perfect pairing for The Princess who loved Rose.


Juyeon Aizier-Kim

was born in South Korea where she studied traditional Korean fine arts. She arrived in Paris to study visual communication.

A few years later, she and her husband founded Ton-ké Studio, born of their love and common passion for drawing and engraving. Juyeon has a natural knack for sweeping cityscapes, evident in her illustrations for Little Travelers.


Andrea Bell

spent half her time growing up playing in the woods and the other half doodling on walls. Nowadays she works as an illustrator and comic artist in the city of Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. Her work reflects adventure, honesty, and strong relate-able characters combined with an intriguing palette. Andrea is a graduate of Columbia College and has been independently publishing works such as Fair Voyage and Still Waiting.

She has been nominated the Ambassador of Creepy-Cute by us – check out Vampire Pool Party!


Hu Yu

is a Taiwanese illustrator. She grew up listening to Chinese mythologies, such as the tale of Nuwa from which Sleeping Stones takes inspiration. She has a B.A. in graphic and motion design from School of Images Gobelins, and a masters in artistic direction from ESAG Penninghen from Paris, France.

Yu has a talent for merging complementary and contrasting materials. For Sleeping Stones, she decided to showcase the story in collage style, to show little readers how one can make art from the ready materials surrounding us.  She currently resides in Paris as an illustrator and animator.



Dr. Karen Tsai

The doctor who initiated Monster Dance, Karen is an internal medicine physician in Los Angeles and co-founder of DonatePPE.org. Dr. Tsai co-founded DonatePPE.org in response to the PPE shortages she saw nationwide from her medical colleagues. To date, the organization has donated over 1.2 million items of PPE throughout the U.S. and Canada, and internationally to areas such as Uganda, Malawi, and Ghana. She credits her parents, both first generation immigrants from Taiwan, for instilling important values, teaching her to be humble and kind to others, to dream big and work hard.

Travel has been an integral part of her life, cultivating a passion for learning about different cultures, especially through art and food. When she’s not donning scrubs, Dr. Tsai aspires to one day become an undercover food critic, travel to all 50 states, and if possible, the entire world, and continue giving back to the community. After the pandemic, Dr. Tsai looks forward to eating a buffet and going to Disneyland.


Denis O'Hare

is an award-winning actor known for his roles in True Blood, The Good Wife, Late Night. Throughout his career as an actor on stage, film and television, he’s received a number of awards and accolades. He’s been nominated six times for the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League. In 2003 he won Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for his performance as Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out. Since 2014 he’s appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Michael Clayton, Milk and Dallas Buyers Club.

He’s a graduate of Northwestern University and spent twelve years as a stage actor in Chicago before moving to New York. He currently resides in France with his husband, Hugo Redwood, and their son.
Denis is the narrator of Monster Dance.

Chiling Lin (林志玲)

is Taiwan’s most recognizable supermodel. A model, Mandarin-language television host and actress (Red Cliff, Treasure Hunger), she has repeatedly made many “most influential” lists in the Asia region during her illustrious ongoing career, including Forbes.
In 2011, she established the Chiling Charity Foundation, providing long-term support especially to 0~6 year old children and teens from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In 2013, Chiling Charity Foundation partnered with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and launched the “Nest Building Initiative.” To date, there are more than 12 “Chiling Children’s Homes.”
Chiling strives to live by this motto: “To provide help, when one’s able; to heal wounds, with love comes hope.”
Chiling is the voice behind the Mandarin edition of Monster Dance!

Chiling Charity Foundation