I graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. I spent my Junior year in Rome at the Tyler School of Art. 

With me in the studio is Coco, our energetic labradoodle. See Me Run, which won a 2012 ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, was inspired by watching Coco run at the local dog park. Few could catch her. One of Coco's favorite hobbies, digging for moles in the yard, served as inspiration for the sequel, See Me Dig. 

To date I have illustrated more than 70 books, including early readers, picture books, eight books in the HarperCollins Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, and a number of mass market books. Released in March of 2017 are two books written by my son, Peter, and illustrated by me; Stinky Spike The Pirate Dog and Stinky Spike And The Royal Rescue. They're about a stinky dog named Spike who has the best sniffer on the seven seas. He becomes a pirate and helps Captain Fishbeard and his bumbling crew sniff out treasure. They're part of the new Read & Bloom series from Bloomsbury.

I'm the author/illustrator of seven books, with more on the way. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis (Holiday House) was published in February, 2017. Here's a link to a great review in the New York Times Book Review.  AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes has named My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis as a finalist for best books of the year in the Children's Science Picture Books category.

Another book in the I Like To Read Series from Holiday House, I See A Cat, has just been released. 

In addition to children's trade work I also do editorial and educational illustration. I work digitally and traditionally.

Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is my agent for juvenile trade publishing. Jennifer can be reached at jmatt@andreabrownlit.com, or called directly at (773) 344-4175.

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And for those who like pet videos, here's Coco running in the yard. Good dog, Coco!