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Andre Letria works and lives in Lisbon, where he was born, in 1973. He has illustrated several books for children in Portugal and other countries. VISIT Andre Letria's website here.
Annie Beth Ericsson
Annie Beth Ericsson is an illustrator and designer with dual passions for visual art and children's literature. A Communications Design graduate of Pratt Institute, she is the published illustrator of two Star Bright Books board books (What's In My Garden? and What's In My Toybox?). Annie now designs trade hardcover books with Putnam/Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Young Readers Group) by day, and illustrates children's apps for iPhone/iPad by night with Smart Cookie Studios. You can find her on Twitter, her website, or her blog, Walking in Public.
Brian Wildsmith was raised in a small mining village in Yorkshire, where, he says, "Everything was gray. There wasn't any color. It was all up to my imagination. I had to draw in my head..."
Since those early days, Wildsmith has created more than 200 picture books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 1962 he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, Britain's highest honor for a distinguished picture book. Wildsmith is deservedly known as one of the greatest living children's book illustrators.
The Brian Wildsmith Museum, which showcases his illustration work, was founded in Japan in 1994. VISIT Brian Wildsmith's website here.
Carl DiRocco is a graduate of the New England School of Art & Design, and has illustrated Dear Big, Mean, Ugly Monster (a Minnesota Humanities Book Award Finalist) and Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig (a Children's Choice 2005 Selection). Carl currently lives in Reading, Massachusetts, with his wife and three sons. VISIT Carl DiRocco's website here.
Cassie Allen explores her interests in biology and mythology through her illustrations. She works primarily in pen and ink with digital color, but also experiments with painting and printmaking. A graphic designer by day, Cassie blends her drawing practice and design experience with children’s books, as well as comics and zines she has completed as personal projects.
Catherine Hnatov is an artist and designer who lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children. She also lives with two cats, on black and one white.VISIT Catherine Hnatov's website here.
Cheryl Nathan grew up in Los Angeles. When her kindergarten teacher gave her mother a paintbrush to take home, Cheryl's life path became clear. After high school, she attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and then worked as a freelance illustrator and designer until she was hired as an art director for a publishing company. Eventually, Cheryl gravitated to the children's book division, and that is when she illustrated her first picture book. Since then, she has illustrated over twenty children's books combining painting, drawing, and collage. Cheryl lives in Ft. Lauderdale. VISIT Cheryl Nathan's website here.
Chris Nixon is a freelance illustrator and adventure tour guide. He grew up in the foothills of Perth and spent all his spare time outside. He feels passionate about getting kids to experience the natural world.
Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children’s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.
Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children’s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she volunteers at the environmental educational organization, Audubon Canyon Ranch. Please visit her website.
Cornelius Van Wright
Cornelius Van Wright is an award-winning illustrator. He works with his wife, Ying-hwa Hu (also an illustrator), on many assignments. Their work has been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. VISIT Cornelius Van Wright's website here.
Cornelius Van Wright.Ying-Hwa Hu
Ying-hwa Hu and Cornelius Van Wright have won a number of awards for the books they have illustrated together. Their work has also been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. They live in New York City with their two children. VISIT Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-hwa Hu's website here.
Daniel Nakamura is the cofounder of Let’s Play America and owner of Booth-o-Rama Photobooths, which serves the Washington, DC, metro region. He loves to document kids in action and promotes play through his photography. Daniel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
Dean Norman has drawn cartoons for books, magazines, comic books, newspapers, animated TV films, and greeting cards. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife Maureen.
Now retired from full time work, he walks the dog, pets the cat, and canoes the Cuyahoga river, plays table tennis, and draws cartoons for children ’s books. He wrote and illustrated Spook the Halloween Cat and City Birds, recently published by Star Bright Books. He illustrated In the Dark Cave (written by Richard A. Watson), also published by Star Bright Books.
Estelle Corke spent much of her childhood drawing. Her passion for drawing led to studying graphic design in college, and opened a career in advertising and magazine publishing. Eventually, she made her way to children's books. Estelle lives in England and is published worldwide. Beach Socks is her first book for Star Bright Books.
Fatima Garcia teaches and writes for an art magazine, but illustrating editorial work is her foremost passion. She enjoys illustrating children's books so readers can appreciate the stories better. Fatima lives in Spain.
Fotini Tikkou is a freelance illustrator of children’s books, patterns, and handmade ceramics. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Fotini lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her partner and daughter.
Fran Fuller Baldwin
Fran Fuller Baldwin likes to spend time outdoors, observing the beauty in the landscape where she finds inspiration for art. She works in custom picture framing, and practices the art of calligraphy. She lives in southeastern Connecticut with her teenage son.
Francesca Greco was born in Foligno, Italy. She learned to draw from her grandmother, whose pictures were full of fantasy. When she was fifteen, her rendering of Alice in Wonderland with the Caterpillar won first prize at the 5th World Biennial for Children's Art. She studied art history at the University of Perugia, and started publishing children's illustration in 1998.
Francesca lives in a big house with her parents, a large black dog named Blu, and a cat named Micia who stays as far away from Blu as possible. Her passion is ballet, which she has been studying since she was four years old. VISIT Francesca Greco's website here.
Giora Carmi spent fourteen years as a freelance graphic designer in Israel. During that time, Giora illustrated over two hundred book covers and fifteen children's books. He came to the United States in 1985 and established himself as an illustrator for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In the U.S. he continued to pursue his interest in children's books, illustrating twenty-eight books, two of which he also wrote.
In 2004, Carmi received a degree from NYU in art therapy. He now works as an art therapist with troubled teens in Bergen County, NJ. He has two daughters, a son and one grandson from a previous marriage. He lives with his life partner, Anita Gold, in New York City.
Holly Meade has worked as an illustrator of children's books for almost fifteen years. She has illustrated more than twenty books, and written three. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in painting, Holly has also worked as a graphic designer and teacher. She has two grown children and lives on the coast of Maine.
Holly won a Caldecott Honor Award for Hush! A Thai Lullaby. Rata-Pata-Scata-Fata is illustrated in Holly's distinctive style: a collage of torn and cut pieces of colored paper to which she adds detail by using ink, paint, or colored pencil. VISIT Holly Meade's website here.
Hui-Mei Pan was raised in the beautiful island of Taiwan, and her culture has greatly influenced her stories and illustration. Pan graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia in the United States of America in the year 2002, with a master of fine arts degree in Metals and Jewelry Design. In 1997 she was recognized with the highest honor for illustration at the Fifth Annual Children's Literature Awards of Chen Gwo-Jeng, in Taiwan.
Ian P. Benfold Haywood
Ian Benfold Haywood studied Fine Art at the Nottingham School of Art. He specialized in painting, and later went on to study Illustration for Children at the University of North Wales with distinction. He has lived as a painter in Spain, worked as a community artist, and has been a teacher. For several years he was the marketing manager for a large Japanese company, and still runs his own small business trading with companies from around the world. Ian has published over thirty books. He recently won the silver medal at the Nestle Book Awards for Catcall, as well as the London Book Fair's Best Illustration prize in 2010. His work ranges from flap books for the very young to picture books and teen fiction chapter heads and interiors. He is represented by the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency. VISIT Ian Benfold Haywood's website here.
Isabel Hill is an architectural historian, urban planner, photographer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her passion is teaching children about architecture and the urban environment. COUNTING COLORFUL SHAPES is Isabel's fourth children's book following URBAN ANIMALS, BUILDING STORIES, and URBAN ANIMALS OF WASHINGTON D.C., all published by Star Bright Books. Isabel lives with her daughter, Anna, and their dog, Dot in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Isabel Hill's website here
Isabel Muñoz is a lifelong artist and children’s book illustrator. She studied fine arts at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Isabel loves to dwell on the details of children’s stories that cannot be seen with the naked eye. She lives in Spain. 21 Cousins is her first book with Star Bright Books.
Jake Tebbit has been an illustrator for all his working life. He trained as a graphic designer and has a MA in Children's Book Illustration. Jake had so much fun illustrating Pirates in the Library'swashbuckling pirates (especially Captain Jake,) a parrot and a cat, ships and books. He enjoys singing, playing traditional British folk music, and travels when he can.
Author and illustrator James Mayhew is the creator of the bestselling Katie series for children, among many other works. He has received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award. Alongside his work in publishing, James works with a variety of musicians and symphony orchestras, presenting concerts that incorporate music and art created live on stage. He lives in Bungay, England.
Jenna Riggs is a native Northwesterner and holds a BFA in Graphic Design. Jenna has worked in almost every category of visual materials. Jenna lives on Vashon Island near Seattle, with her husband and two daughters. What ’s In My Dresser? is her first book for Star Bright Books. You can view her portfolio here
Jobi ’s portfolio includes many award-winning titles such as My Alphabet Kit. Jobi divides her time between working in children’s publishing and looking after her family in the leafy Sydney suburb of Grays Point.
John Stadler is the author/illustrator of thirty books for children, including three titles presented on Public Television's Reading Rainbow series. His book The Cats of Mrs. Calamari is an ALA Editor's Choice and is featured at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in a permanent, life-sized, interactive exhibit. The very popular I Can Read Book, The Adventures of Snail at School, as well as the other Snail tiles, were included in The New York Times Parents' Guide to the Best Books for Children, and have been used extensively as first-grade primers and textbooks. VISIT John Stadler's website here.
Jonathan Brown had early aspirations to become an illustrator, hoping to draw for a living like his hero Charles Schulz. While studying illustration and design in college, he drew political cartoons for the campus newspaper, and discovered an avenue to pursue his dream. For the next twenty years, he drew for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah, winning several awards for his cartoons.
Juan de Lascurain
Juan de Lascurain is an entrepreneur and artist from Mexico City. His vibrant illustrations and bold designs create a mosaic of originality, and his artistic creations are featured worldwide. Juan believes, “It doesn’t matter where you come from, or how much money you might have. If you have faith, a dream, and you work hard, you can accomplish anything.” His trademark company, Dream Big World, supports camps for children, commercializes his works, and delivers his inspiring messages across the globe so that others can accomplish their dreams.
Kostya Gorbachev is Valeri Gorbachev’s son. He holds a degree in animation and computer graphics. Kostya was born in the Ukraine, but now lives in New York City.
Kyra Teis learned her distinctive paper-collage technique from her father, Dan Teis, an esteemed contemporary artist and academic. She is the recipient of a Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Magazine Merit Award (1997). Kyra draws inspiration from her extensive travels, her husband and young daughter. She enjoys designing creative workshops for school visits and speaking to students about making stories and images of their own. Kyra lives near Albany, New York. VISIT Kyra Teis' website here.
Laura Dwight's interest in photographing children with special needs came from seeing poor, unflattering images of infants and toddlers with Down syndrome in her psychology textbooks. Her first board books for young children were for the Photoflap series published by Star Bright Books. Her first full length photographic book, We Can Do It!, portrays five children with special needs, and her book Brothers and Sisters features five sibling groups playing and solving problems in everyday situations. It allows children to satisfy their curiosity about disabilities while realizing that all children are essentially the same. VISIT Laura Dwight's website here.
Lecia Balian is Lorna Balian's daughter. Raised in a family of artists, her dream to create children's books dates back to her earliest memories. Lecia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, and loves to incorporate her passion for nature into her artwork.
Lindsey Gardiner lives in Dundee, Scotland, where she shares a messy studio with her high maintenance but adorable dogs, Lola and Yuki. They give her lots of love and LOTS of ideas, and have much of the same issues as children: picky eating, sibling rivalry, toilet training, attention seeking, and fear of baths. As anyone with children (or dogs) knows, the list is endless. At least Lindsey hopes it is, or else where will her next story come from? VISIT Lindsey Gardiner's website here.
Lorna Balian was born and raised in Wisconsin. She studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she met her husband, John. Together, they renovated an old brick schoolhouse where they raised six children. Lorna's children's book career began when she decided to write and illustrate stories for her young children. She published her first book, Humbug Witch in 1965. Her long and celebrated career of creating books continues to be inspired by her fourteen grandchildren. Lorna still lives in Wisconsin with her husband.
Matt Brown has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Traveler. Matt lives on Fidalgo Island in Washington State with his wife, Kathleen.
Melanie Hope Greenberg
Melanie Hope Greenberg is an award-winning illustrator. VISIT Melanie Hope Greenberg's website here.
Michael Thompson was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia where he now lives with his own family. Michael has drawn pictures for as long as he can remember and still has his first Teddy bear! He is an M.D. specializing in geriatric medicine. The Other Bears was completed in his spare time.
Michele Coxon is a renowned illustrator and animal artist, and her books have sold over one million copies world-wide. She currently lives in Wales with eight cats, one dog, and two teenage sons.
Miriam Cohen is an avid champion of the emotional rights of children, and is interested in their "immense vulnerability, and their need to be nurtured, encouraged, and allowed to unfold naturally." She has spent many hours in classrooms reading, listening, and talking with children, "not as a lecturer, but as a fellow writer." The time she has spent in the company of children is one reason why her books ring true, and why young readers hear themselves in the voices of her characters.
Miriam and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York. They have three children. Their son Adam, an award-winning photographer, collaborated with Miriam on Eddy's Dream.
Narelle Oliver is the author-illustrator of a number of award-winning children's picture books. Many of Narelle's books have been inspired by natural environments. In other titles, she has explored imaginary, historic and mathematical themes. The linocut print medium, often combined with other media, is a special feature of the illustrations.
Over the last 20 years, Narelle has conducted countless writing and illustrating workshops for students. She lives in inner-city Brisbane with her husband, two children, one dog, and many birds which visit their overgrown rainforest backyard. VISIT Narelle Oliver's website here.
Nicole Tadgell is an award-winning watercolor artist of more than 30 luminous picture books. Her books have received numerous honors, including the Christopher Award and the Children’s Africana Book Award. They have been included on the Smithsonian Notable Books for Children, the New York Public Library’s Best 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and many more notable lists. Born in Detroit, Michigan, frequent moves weren’t easy for Nicole, especially to new schools where she was the only Black kid in class. Art has always been both an escape and a labor of love for Nicole. Today, she brings stories to life while advocating for diversity in children’s literature. Nicole lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. Visit: nicoletadgell.art
Robert Casilla was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to parents from Puerto Rico. He received a bachelor of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Robert has illustrated over 30 children’s books, including picture book biographies and multicultural titles. He won a Pura Belpré Honor Award for First Day in Grapes. The Big Day is his first book for Star Bright Books. Robert lives and works from his home in New Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife, Carmen.
Ronald Himler began his career as a children's book artist in 1972, and has illustrated over 160 books and several hundred book covers. He has received more than thirty-five awards, nominations, and citations of excellence including a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators and a Christopher Award. Several of his books have been Reading Rainbow Selections. In addition to illustrating children's books, Ron also makes oil paintings of Plains Indian culture that are exhibited in galleries throughout the country. Ron lives in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. VISIT Ron Himler's website here.
Ruth Palmer is an illustrator, designer, and artist. She received a degree in illustration from the Harrow School of Art in London and worked in advertising and design for many years. Ruth is skilled in a variety of illustrative techniques, including dip pen, watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustration. She lives and gardens in the beautiful countryside in Devonshire, England.
Sarah Vonthron-Laver is an Illustrator and toy designer who’s never happier than when her hands are covered in China Ink. She lives in England with her husband and two daughters, who give her inspiration for many of the things she draws. She’s also inspired by modern architecture and textiles, and loves traveling to discover new sights. Visit her website.
Simone Shin is an editorial and children’s book illustrator graduated from Art Center College of Design in Fine Art Illustration. She is a Society of Illustrator’s Gold Medal winner, and illustrator of several upcoming picture books. She currently lives with her husband and son in the Northern California bay area, and loves living a hop, skip and jump from the redwood forests. Visit her website at www.simoneshin.com.
Tomek Bogacki is an award-winning artist. He was born in and raised in Poland and now lives in the U.S. He has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books for children, including Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book.
Before moving to the United States in 1992, Valeri Gorbachev was one of the most popular illustrators in Russia. He has dozens of children's books to his credit in Russia, as well as in America. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Good Night, Little Sea Otter is Wish Williams' first picture book.
Ying-Hwa Hu is an award-winning illustrator. Her work has been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children. Ying-Hwa’s website is: www.pencilmoonstudio.com