David Shannon

Award-winning artist and bestselling author David Shannon has long been a favorite among teachers and librarians with such titles as How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza, and A Bad Case of Stripes. His popularity skyrocketed in 1998 with the publication of his picture book No, David!. No, David! was named a Caldecott Honor Book, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and has received numerous other accolades and state awards. Shannon has written two more picture books about David, David Goes to School and David Gets in Trouble, both of which have been bestsellers and critical successes. And now, using the same irresistible humor and vibrant style, Shannon takes readers back to the “early years” of his most beloved character with two new board books-Oh, David!: A Diaper David Book and Oops!: A Diaper David Book.

Inspiration for David Shannon’s Blue Sky Press books come from home and family. No, David! is patterned after a book he made at the age of five, in which he drew pictures of himself doing all the things he wasn’t supposed to be doing along with the words “no” and “David” (the only words he knew how to spell at the time). The recent bestseller Alice the Fairy is based on Shannon’s daughter, who was five years old when the book was published. It is an endearing, funny story about a girl and her magical imagination, sure to delight every fairy in training. Shannon’s picture book Duck On a Bike was also influenced by his daughter. She made animal noises before she could talk, so Shannon wrote a story with lots of “moos,” “oinks,” and “woofs.” The neighborhood depicted in The Rain Came Down, which won a Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration, is a mixture of Spokane, Washington, where Shannon grew up, and New York City.

David Shannon was born in Washington, D.C., He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with degree in Fine Arts, and then he moved to New York City, where he continued his illustration work. Hs editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has graced a number of book jackets.

David Shannon now lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Heidi; their daughter, Emma; and their dog, Fergus.

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