• 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.

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