Biography of Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors.

Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney Biography

Jerry Pinkney – American Illustrator and writer of children’s books 1939- Jerry Pinkney, American illustrator, b. 1939. Born in Philadel­phia, Jerry Pinkney drew constantly and was recognized as a talented child in school. His parents encouraged him to pursue his talent. As a boy of about twelve, he sold newspapers at a stand, and because …

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury Biography

Ray Bradbury – American Author & Screenwriter 1920-2012 Though he has never learned to drive a car and will not fly (in airplanes), Ray Douglas Bradbury has been rocketing in and out of the far corners of interstellar space with the greatest of ease since boyhood. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920, he knew the …

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James Joyce

James Joyce Biography

James Joyce – Irish novelist, poet 1882-1941 James Augustine Joyce was born in Rathmines, a suburb of Dublin, on Feb­ruary 2, 1882. He was the eldest son of John Stanislaus Joyce, a gentleman from Cork who has been described as an Irish Micawber, notorious in Dublin for his reckless extravagance, his biting wit, and his …

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Brian Jacques Biography

Brian Jacques – British Author 1939-2011 A series of fantasy novels about the animals that live in and around Redwall Abbey has propelled author Brian Jacques to international success with read­ers of all ages. Born in Liverpool, England, Brian Jacques attended local Catholic schools until he became a sailor at age fifteen. He also worked …

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Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes Biography

Kevin Henkes – American Author and Illustrator 1960- Kevin Henkes is best known for his warm, lively, humorous picture books, distinguished for their remarkable understanding of the true world of young children. Peopled, for the most part, with expressively drawn mouse characters who are completely human in their feelings and relationships, these picture books sound …

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Stephen Gammell

Stephen Gammell Biography

Stephen Gammell – American illustrator 1943- Stephen Gammell’s distinctive illustra­tions is imbued with emotion. Every color and change of value creates mood. Child and adult alike will find themselves shivering, chilled by his illustrations in Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981). His colored ­pencil drawings in the Caldecott Medal-win­ning Song and …

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Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Estes Biography

Eleanor Estes – American author 1906-1988 With her rare gift for depicting everyday experiences from the fresh perspective of childhood, Eleanor Estes based many of her stories on memories of growing up in a poor but loving family in West Haven, Connecticut. Following high school graduation, the author worked at the New Ha­ven Public Library, …

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