Meet the Illustrator
Meet the talented artists who create today's top picture books for children. Each month, illustrators answer questions about their work, their inspiration and their own favorite books. You'll find out about each artist's latest picture book and see illustrated samples of their creative magic.
Jan Brett spent hours reading and drawing as a child and delights in telling and retelling children's stories today. With more than 34 million books in print, inlcuding The Mitten and Hedgie Blasts Off!, she is certainly one of the country's most celebrated author illustrators of children's books.
Eric Carle's books are known for their unexpected and distinct designs, pictures and textures. From the die-cut pages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the twinkling lights of The Very Lonely Firefly to the lifelike sounds in The Very Quiet Cricket to his latest foray into collage acetate pages in Mister Seahorse, every one of Carle's books has its own unique design element.
Kevin Henkes became a book illustrator at the age of 19 and has gone on to write and illustrate many beloved children's books, including the 2005 Caldecott Medal winner, Kittens First Full Moon.
Laura Joffe Numeroff is the author of many books for children, including the best-selling If You Give a Moose a Muffin, illustrated by Felicia Bond.
Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko.
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