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Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

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...

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens began drawing as a child, and her pictures decorated her school work–including math assignments. While this didn’t always sit well with her teachers, it was what she liked to do. After graduating from high school in Hawaii, she landed a job painting Hawaiian designs for fabric. The material was then mad into aloha...

Brad Sneed

Brad Sneed

Brad Sneed was Kansas-born and lives in the sunflower state to this day. When asked why he chooses Kansas in which to live, he stated, “To be honest, I’ve asked myself that very question. I love the mountains. There are no mountains in Kansas. I enjoy the beach. The oceans are far, far away. Put...

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in New York City. The now-renowned children’s author studied at the Art Students League and illustrated more than 80 books by other writers before authoring one himself. His most critically acclaimed work includes the dark and beloved story Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak grew up in...

Judith Byron Schachner

Judith Byron Schachner

Judy Schachner was born into an Irish Catholic working class family from New England. Money was as tight as their apartment was tiny and though she may not have had the easiest of childhoods, she credits her imagination with helping her survive it. She can’t ever remember a time when she was not drawing and...