Friday, June 13, 2008

Author Spotlight: Audrey Wood

Audrey Wood's love of storytelling has been a vital part of her life since childhood. Her art student father earned extra money at the winter headquarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus by re-painting the big top and side show art work. She remembers when she was very small: her mother took her there to watch her father work, and regaled her with stories about the people in the colorful circus murals her father painted.

Ms Wood, in turn, became storyteller to her two younger sisters, making up stories about the paintings in her parents' art books. By fourth grade, she says, "I had two burning ambitions: I wanted to live in Dr. Doolittle's house, and I wanted to write and illustrate children's books." In fact, Audrey Wood comes from a long line of artists dating back to the 15th century, and she has the distinction of being the only female artist in the family.

In the late 1960's, she moved to Berkeley, California, to pursue art on her own. By 1969, she was experimenting with art, teaching children's art, and writing stories. It was then that she met Don Wood, who became not only her husband, but also her collaborator. Both Woods believe a book should have a rhythm, and that children's books should be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Audrey Wood has written 46 books for children, many of which have won numerous awards, including: the ALA Notable Children's Book distinction for The Napping House (1984) and Piggies (1992), and a Caldecott Honor Medal for King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1986).

Sources:
Audrey Wood: About the Author* Link no longer valid as of April 2013
Author Study: Audrey Wood* Link no longer valid as of April 2013


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