Laura Vaccaro Seeger writes and illustrates children's books that seem disarmingly simple at first but reveal complex, conceptual ideas with every reading. She tackles big themes like friendship (Dog and Bear) and creativity (One Boy), and uses her design and animation background to bring a visual freshness to her books. Seeger's award-winning and best-selling picture books encourage readers young and old to look closely and perhaps discover something hidden, and profound.
You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Laura Vaccaro Seeger, or see a selected list of her children's books. (This video is also available on YouTube and iTunes.)
Laura Vaccaro Seeger grew up on Long Island, New York, with her parents, two brothers, a younger sister, and both grandmothers. She began to draw at the tender age of two — and never stopped. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to make picture books for children and by fifth grade had written and illustrated her own little library.
Seeger studied art at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase, where she received her BFA degree. After graduating, she moved to Manhattan and began a career as an animator, artist, and editor in network television. She created animated show openings and special segments for NBC and ABC for many years and she won an Emmy Award for an opening animation for an NBC special.
Seeger has continued her award-winning work through her second career as a children's book author and illustrator. Her very popular picture books include the Dog and Bear series, The Hidden Alphabet, First the Egg (see video), and One Boy (see video). In her young career, she has received a 2008 Caldecott Honor, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. She has worked closely with her editor, Neal Porter (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press) since the very beginning.
She still lives on Long Island, now with her husband, their two sons, and their dog, Copper, the star of her Dog and Bear series. Seeger takes long walks at the beach every day — where she works out ideas for current and future picture books — and paints in her studio every night.