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Emma Virjan 

Emma J. Virján is an expert in communications strategy development, graphic design, illustration, marketing communications and corporate identity. She founded Virján Design, a graphic design and illustration studio, in 1997. Emma’s experience ranges from national brands and nonprofits such as Infinity Broadcasting, Save The Children® and The United Way to local companies and organizations such as CyrusOne, WaterTexas, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Nacho the Party Puppy, (Random House, 2008) her first children’s book, was featured in the 2008 Texas Book Festival. Emma holds a BFA in graphic design and illustration from Southwest Texas State University. She lives in Austin, Texas.

When Emma isn’t drawing, she spends her time reading, making lists, cutting out images of the numeral 5, and collecting produce stickers.

Check out Emma's Website for more information.



As a panda in a blouse, a skunk on a trunk, and more hop on board, it becomes clear that what this story really needs is a bigger boat! Join Pig on an exciting boat ride as she discovers that life is more fun with friends in this fantastic funny read-aloud with cumulative text from author-illustrator Emma J. Virjan.


NACHO THE PARTY PUPPY (Random House, 2008)

Nacho the Party Puppy, a board book for the youngest of readers, features Nacho, the world's most fun-lovin' dog as he celebrates his birthday. Whether he’s wearing his birthday hat, taking his birthday bath, or enjoying cupcakes with friends, Nacho proves that he's "Nacho Ordinary Pup."

Check out My Name is Nacho, by Grammy-Award winning artist Ray Benson.