ABOUT PAUL ZELINSKY
Grew up in Wilmette, Illinois
attended New Trier High School and Yale College, majoring in Fine Art.
MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome.
Moved to New York for freelance illustration, 1977. First book: Emily Upham’s Revenge, or How Deadwood Dick Saved the Banker’s Niece, A Massachusetts Adventure, by Avi.
Many more books after that.
Hansel and Gretel, 1985 Caldecott Honor.
Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary: Christopher Medal
Rumpelstiltksin: 1987 Caldecott Honor
The Wheels on the Bus, 1990
Swamp Angel, 1995 Caldecott Honor
Rapunzel, 1998 Caldecott Medal
New York Times Best Illustrated Book, 5 times, most recently for Knick Knack Paddywhack!, a popup book. 2018: Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators; Carle Honor for Illustrator. 2019 Sydney Taylor Award for All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah.
I don’t really believe in artist statements.