Authors and Illustrators

Aaron Becker resides in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Nneka Bennett has illustrated books, and also designs shoes.

Ari Berk writes for children and adults, and has a range of books. He is an English professor at Central Michigan University.

Louise Borden lives in Cincinnati, and has picture storybooks for younger readers as well as meticulously researched informational books for older readers.

Margaret Wise Brown wrote the classic Goodnight Moon.

Peter Brown illustrated the 2013 Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots! among other picture storybooks.

Andrea Cheng lived in Cincinnati, and her website contains resources for teachers as well as information about her books.

R. Gregory Christie lives in Decatur, Georgia, where he has a studio, autographed books store, and teaching art classes for children.

Esmé Raji Codell is known for her book Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, as well as her books for children.

Matthew Cordell is an illustrator, author, and blogs on his website.

Tomie dePaola has art, photos, his bio, and more on his site, including links to his favorite things including Will Hillenbrand, Saab automobiles, and Benedictine monasteries.


Frank W. Dormer, known for humorously appealing books, has a Tumblr site here.

Tom Feelings, illustrator, received numerous awards including the Caldecott. A video of his wordless The Middle Passage can be found here.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist lives in Chicago and has frequently illustrated books by Eloise Greenfield.

Will Hillenbrand, illustrator and author, lives in Cincinnati and his website offers book activities for his numerous picture books.

Ekua Holmes is an illustrator, and is involved in community outreach in the Boston area.

Oliver Jeffers was born and raised in Northern Ireland, but now lives in Brooklyn. Some influences from his homeland are in the books he writes and illustrates for children.

This Crockett Johnson site is the creative work of Philip Nel.

Maira Kalman illustrates and writes offbeat and also serious books for children.

E. B. Lewis lives in New Jersey and considers himself an “artistrator.”

J. Patrick Lewis is a recent U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate and lives in Ohio.

Loren Long lives near Cincinnati and has illustrated many books including books written by Madonna and President Obama, as well as his own books.

Frank Morrison.

Květa Pacovská lives in Prague, and has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award.  Read about her here and here.

Lynne Rae Perkins is an illustrator, and also write the Newbery award winner Criss Cross.

Brian Pinkney is part of the Pinkney powerhouse.

Jerry Pinkney has received numerous awards, including the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder award for lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Daniel Pinkwater has audio files and more on his site.

Ansel Pitcairn. View the portfolio of this illustrator.

Aaron Reynolds, author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots! and others, has a terrific blog on his website.

Peter Sís, who delivered the Arbuthnot Lecture at Miami University (Ohio) on April 4, 2012, has websites here and here.  He received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012.

Javaka Steptoe. Caldecott Medal awardee. Words fail his talent.

Shaun Tan lives in Australia, and creates imaginative art that must be pondered, as well as film and other projects.

Don Tate is an author and illustrator of picture books, lives in Texas, and visits schools often.

Tracie Vaughn lives not far from Miami University in Ohio, and received a graduate degree in Education

Chris Wooding is a fantasy writer who lives in London.

Ed Young, raised in Shanghai, China, has written and illustrated many books that reflect his heritage. He has created two Caldecott Honor books and one Caldecott Medal winner.