Melissa Sweet was born in 1956 in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She explained, “This classic, suburban neighborhood had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy’s candy store right nearby. Later she attended Endicott College and Kansas City Art Institute. She began illustrating children’s books in 1986 and has now illustrated more than forty books.
Melissa has received many awards for her work in picture books, some of which are: the Lupine Award Honor for 2005 for Carmine: A Little More Red; the 2005 Golden Kite Award for Baby Bears Chairs; and the New York Public Library’s Best Books for 2004 list for The Boy Who Drew Birds.
Reviewers have described Sweet’s unique mixed-media illustrations as exuberant, outstanding and a creative delight. She now lives “on the beautiful coast of Maine.”
The Melissa Sweet art in the Mazza Museum is a watercolor, pen & ink and collage from Giggle, Wiggle, Wake-Up.