Champaign-Urbana Area Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators
Meet the people writing or drawing pictures for children‘s books in and close to Champaign-Urbana. Click on the pictures to visit their websites or other sites that tell you more about them.
Artist Robin Luebs is the illustrator of How Do You Say Goodnight? and the author/illustrator of Please Pick Me Up, Mama! She is working on a new picture book, Who Said Coo?, written by her twin sister, Deborah Ruddell. Visit her website to learn more about her.
Ray Bial is well known for his photo essays on subjects that have great appeal for children and adults alike, including dirt. Learn more on his website.
Susan E. Kirby
Susan Kirby‘s books and stories reflect her love of quilts and quilting.
Learn more about her.
Alice B. McGinty
Patricia Hruby Powell
Melodye Rosales is an author and illustrator of children‘s books that have multi-cultural appeal. Learn more about her.
Betsy Hearne has published picture books, poetry, and fiction for young people, as well as books about folklore and children‘s literature. She has also taught children‘s literature and storytelling at the Graduate School for Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Learn more about her.
Janice N. Harrington
Janice Harrington is a storyteller and poet as well as the author of Going North, which was awarded the 2005 Ezra Jack Keats Award, The Chicken Catching Queen of Lamar County, Roberto Walks Home, and Busy-Busy Little Chick. Learn more about her.
Marianne Malone is a writer, artist, and teacher. Her series The Sixty-Eight Rooms was inspired by the the Thorne Miniature Rooms at The Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more about her.