Paul Zelinsky grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, the son of a mathematics professor father and a medical illustrator mother. He drew compulsively from a young age. When Paul was going to college at Yale, a course on the history and practice of the picture book inspired him to seek a career as a professional illustrator of children’s books. He has now illustrated more than thirty books and is recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field. Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Among other awards, Paul received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel. He also received Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. Z Is for Moose, one of Paul’s most recent books, has been named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. All of these books can be checked out at the Bozeman Public Library. To learn more about Paul or his work, see his website.
Paul’s comment about his visits:
“The Bozeman Festival of the Book was one of the most fun and enthusiastically community-supported events I’ve ever been to.”