I was born in 1937 December 19 in Budapest. My father was a doctor and he was a successful writer as well. My mother was a dentist and later worked as a school doctor. My brother, who is four years older than me, also chose a medical career; he became a famous ophthalmologist professor.
As a child, I loved stories therefore I learned to read very soon. Later I realized the joy of drawing as well. In high school, I was very attracted to the theater and the magical world of puppets. I was 17 years old when I drew my first story book, which was published in 1956.
I graduated with straight As at Fazekas Mihaly high school, but I could not decide my future career. I studied shop window decoration and spent one year at the Collage of Applied Art. I wanted to be a puppet designer, but unfortunately I dropped out. I painted Christmas tree decorations for one year, when I was accepted to the Állami Bábszínház (National Puppet Theater). I spent four years here experiencing the real theater life and earned the puppeteer's degree. Meanwhile, I graduated in Hungarian literature from ELTE University, at the department of liberal arts.
1963 was the year of great decisions: I became a freelance writer and illustrator, and married Ervin Kaunitz, who worked as a stage designer. We had two children: Tamás and Miklós.
At that time, my picture books were published one after the other by Móra Publishing House. Many of them were translated and published in foreign languages by Corvina Publishing Company.
Laci és az Oroszlán (Laci and the Lion) was introduced to Japan in 1965 and still being republished even today.
I became supplementary staff of two children's magazines; the Dörmögő Dömötör and the Kisdobos. I wrote scripts for radio plays, puppet theaters and for the children's program of Magyar Televízió (Hungarian Television).
This same broadcasting company ordered the 26 episodes long cartoon series, the Kockásfülű nyúl, on which I worked between 1974 and 1976. I wrote the script, while the artwork and the directing were done by Zsolt Richly. The animation was created at the Pannónia Film Company. The cartoon retains its popularity among children and adults to this day.
Traveling was always an important part of my life. I received countless invitations from schools and children's libraries from every part of the country. At these occasions, I told stories, drew pictures and played puppets for the children.
Other than picture books and stories, I also created comic books, comic strips, riddles and games for children. I published some board games as well.
In 1976 I divorced my husband and later married Ferenc Heinrich. His successful career as an architect enabled us to establish our own Publishing Company, called Ceruza.
With my husband, we are traveling around Europe and we also make trips to Japan.
My sons, Tamás Kaunitz and Miklós Kaunitz both became photographers. My husband's daughter is a psychiatrist. We have four grandchildren; Milán and Lili Kaunitz, and Eszter and Noémi Vasadi.
Then, among numerous other works, the Boribon and Annipanni series and the Kippkopp series were created, while the reprinting of my previous books is proceeding as well.
Some of my works were translated to German, English, Spanish, Polish, Rumanian, Serbian, Korean and Japanese.
Japan is like my second home: 21 of my books were published in Tokyo, among them Laci és az Oroszlán sells over half million copies.
I received the Ifjúsági (Youth) prize in 1983, the Janikovszky Éva prize in 2006 and the József Attila prize in 2010.
I passed my seventies, but thank God, I am still able to work, and currently planning a picture book about a family story. I do hope I can finish it, although I understand that at this age, each day is a gift.