About the Artists and Authors

Our sincere thanks to the following authors and illustrators for creating e-cards for Reading Rockets!

Mary Azarian

Woodcut artist Mary Azarian moved to a small hill farm in northern Vermont in 1963. These years on the farm are the inspiration for the subjects Azarian depicts in her woodcut prints. In addition to producing prints, Azarian has illustrated more than 40 books. In 1999, she won the Caldecott Medal for Snowflake Bentley, a picture book about Vermont's famous photographer of snow crystals. She continues to illustrate picture books and a collection of note cards reproduced from original woodcuts.

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is the creator of Arthur, the most popular aardvark in the world. What started out as a bedtime story has turned into a global phenomenon. From the Americas to China, Arthur turns up in books, schools, backpacks, and even bowls of macaroni-and-cheese. Arthur's Emmy Award-winning PBS television series is broadcast in over 60 countries.

Denise Brunkus

Denise Brunkus is a prominent picture-book illustrator with more than 60 books to her credit, including her most recent: Read All About It! written by Mrs. Laura Bush and Jenna Bush. She is well-known for the bestselling Junie B. Jones books/interviews/cleary, as well as Charlie Hits It Big and Chocolatina. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and lots and lots of books.

About the authors of Read All About It!

Laura Bush has always been passionate about reading. An Honorary Ambassador for the UN Literary Decade, she hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy in 2006 to encourage international cooperation and build free societies through literacy. In 2001 she joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. As first lady of Texas, Mrs. Bush founded the statewide Texas Book Festival in 1995. She taught in Dallas, Houston, and Austin public schools.

Jenna Bush share's her mother's love of reading and teaching. Jenna taught elementary school in Washington, D.C. after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English. She has also written articles for CosmoGIRL! and the New York Times. Her first book, #1 New York Times bestselling Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, is based on her work with UNICEF.

David Carter

David A. Carter is a New York Times bestselling master paper engineer who has created the Bugs series for Little Simon, which has sold over 6 million copies. He is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed color series featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise (named a Best Illustrated Book of 2009 by The New York Times). He lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton is an artist, children's book author, and philanthropist. He successfully self-published his first two books, An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Thanks! Clayton has also founded An Awesome World Foundation, which promotes literacy. For every book he sells he gives one away.

Henry Cole

Henry Cole's illustrations have amused thousands of children in favorites like Rosie's Roses and The Worrywarts. His latest books are Big Chickens Fly the Coop, On Meadowview Street, and Katy Duck.

Bruce Degen

Bruce Degen's clever hand brings Ms. Frizzle to visual life in The Magic School Bus series. He has also illustrated the popular Jamberry; Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?; and Commander Toad in Space.

Julia Denos

Julia Denos grew up in Cheshire, CT, and earned her B.F.A. in Illustration at the Art Institute of Boston. She loves working in colored pencil and watercolor to create her distinctive playful style. For each book, she collects lots of pictures, patterns, and words that help her discover the right visual "voice." You can find out more about Julia on her blog, The Cinnamon Rabbit. Julia is the illustrator of Grandma's Gloves by Cecil Castellucci, Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, Dotty by Erica Perl, and many other picture books. Schools and programs serving children from low-income families can order Dotty at a discount from the First Book Marketplace (one-time registration required).

David Diaz

David Diaz was awarded the 1995 Caldecott Medal for the bold and intricate illustrations he created for Smoky Night, written by Eve Bunting. Among his other books are Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman and The Pot that Juan Built. David Diaz also designed the beautiful illustrations for ColorinColorado.org, a bilingual Reading Rockets site created especially for Spanish-speaking parents and teachers of English language learners.

Tracy Dockray

Tracy Dockray grew up on the plains of West Texas with a love of books and innumerable pets. She moved to New York where she studied fine art and acquired several old motorcycles. Her career veered from sculpture to puppet making to murals in hospitals, school playgrounds, and children's rooms and then finally to children's books, where she illustrates for the Beverly Cleary collection.

Kate Duke

Kate Duke's soft and energetic watercolors enliven her children's books, which include One Guinea Pig is Not Enough and Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One.

Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is the illustrator of Houndsley and Catina and its sequels, as well as the author and illustrator of many other award winning children's books, including Caramba and the Stella and Sam series — which has been published in twenty languages. Gay has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, three Governor General's Awards, and the E.B.White Award for Houndsley and Catina.

Tad Hills

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Duck & Goose. He has created four board books featuring the same characters: What's Up, Duck?, an ALA Notable Book; Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3; Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?; and Duck & Goose It's Time for Christmas. Tad Hills lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket.

Loreen Leedy

Loreen Leedy is the creator of many popular picture books such as Fraction Action and Measuring Penny. She recently co-authored (with Pat Street) and illustrated There's a Frog in My Throat! 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me.

Betsy Lewin

Betsy Lewin has written and illustrated many books for children, including Duck for President and Click, Clack, Moo, for which she won a Caldecott Honor in 2001.

Lynn Munsinger

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than 90 children's books — bringing Hunter the raccoon, Tacky the Penguin, a porcupine named Fluffy, the Teeny Tiny Ghost, and Ogden Nash's Custard the Dragon to life through her lively and affectionate watercolor illustrations. She helped writer Laura Elliott tell the warm-hearted tale of best friends Sam and Mary Ann in A String of Hearts.

Jon J. Muth

Jon J Muth's highly acclaimed picture books are beloved around the world and have been translated into more than ten languages. All of Muth's work has received awards and critical acclaim. Zen Shorts was named a Caldecott Honor Book and spent 41 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The art for Come On, Rain! won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1999. Gershon's Monster was an ALA Notable Children's book, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award, as well as a National Parenting Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Stone Soup also won a National Parenting Book Award. The Three Questions was a Book Sense book of the Year finalist and a NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People.

Erwin Printup, Jr.

Erwin Printup, Jr. is a Cayuga/Tuscarora painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Born in Niagara Falls, New York, he received a degree in fine arts from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The vibrant, saturated illustrations for Giving Thanks were painting in acrylic on canvas. For each image, Mr. Printup was inspired by the many symbols of the Six Nations heritage. "Most of my work is based on Iroquois culture," the artist explains. "A lot of this culture was lost during the past few centuries, and I feel that by doing this work I can preserve a little bit of what is left." Mr. Printup lives in Lewiston, New York. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message is his first picture book.

About Chief Jake Swamp-Tekaronianeken, author of Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Chief Swamp was one of the most respected and honored Mohawk Iroquois leaders of the past century, and founder of the Tree of Peace Society, an international organization promoting peace and environmental conservation. His picture book Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message has been translated into five languages and was featured on the PBS television show Reading Rainbow.

You can purchase Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message through the Lee & Low website.

Chris Raschka

Chris Raschka contemplated several career options before settling on becoming an illustrator. His love of jazz inspired him to create his first book, Charlie Parker Played BeBop. His books that followed include the 1994 Caldecott Honors winner Yo! Yes? and The Hello, Goodbye Window, which won a Caldecott Medal in 2006.

Robert Sabuda

Since 1994 Robert Sabuda has taken three-dimensional pop-up books to new heights. Elaborate dinosaurs leap off the page in Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs and miniature versions of the Capitol building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial pop-up in America: the Beautiful. Sabuda has thrice been awarded the Meggendorfer Prize of the Movable Book Society of America. His most recent books include The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up, Winter in White: A Mini Pop-up Treat, and Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega-Beasts.

Pat Schories

Pat Schories spent her childhood outdoors in the woods and fields of Ohio where she grew up. She spent her time indoors reading and making art. Schories is probably best known as the illustrator of the Biscuit books written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. She is now using her story-telling skills to create new books starring Jack and his family. Jack and Biscuit are modeled after her own two beloved dogs, Speed and Spike.

Peter Sís

Peter Sís is the charming storyteller and acclaimed author and illustrator of Madlenka and Fire Truck. His Caldecott Honor Books include Tibet: Through the Red Box and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. His most recent book, The Tree of Life, is about the life of Charles Darwin.

Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe is a young artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut work, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. As a young boy, he was a model and inspiration for his late father, award winning author/illustrator John Steptoe (Stevie). Steptoe uses everyday objects, from aluminum plates to pocket lint, and sometimes illustrating with a jigsaw and paint, to create collage creations filled with vitality, playful energy, and strength. Steptoe is committed to children's education, making appearances at various schools, libraries, museums, and conferences across the country, including the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and Reading is Fundamental.

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