Paul Janeczko is a children’s writer and poet. However, he didn’t originally want to be. As a child, Paul was more interested in sports. He disliked school, did as little homework as he could manage, and participated in class only under duress. Still, he made it through high school. In college, Paul realized how much other students knew that he did not and decided to start learning. Paul soon became a high school English teacher, a position he held in multiple locations for over twenty years. He then retired to focus on his writing, and he has now published almost fifty books. Paul lives in Hebron, Maine.
Paul’s published poetry includes Worlds Afire and Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku. His large collection of anthologies includes A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, and A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout. All of these books and more are available for checkout at the Bozeman Public Library. To learn more about Paul and his work, please visit his website.
Chris Raschka is an illustrator and creator of children’s books. Growing up in suburban Chicago, Chris loved reading, drawing, painting, and playing musical instruments. He graduated from college with a degree in biology. A few years later, Chris was about to begin taking classes in medical school when he decided not to go and to fulfill his desire to be an artist instead. As a creator and illustrator of children’s tales, Chris is usually inspired by events going on around him. Some of them will remind him of things that happened to him as a child. Structure and form are important elements in Chris’s creation process, and he strives to anticipate the reaction that children will have to his work so that he can make successful changes. Chris currently lives in New York City with his family.
Chris worked with Paul Janeczko and illustrated the books A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, and A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout. Chris is also the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes?. Check out these books and others designed by Chris at the Bozeman Public Library.