Neil Waldman

Neil Waldman’s books have won the ALA Notable Award, the Parents Choice Award, the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and many others. His jacket illustrations have appeared on seven Newbery Award winners, including Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant. Neil’s titles include: The Starry Night, They Came From the Bronx, Out of the Shadows: An Artist’s Journey, America the Beautiful, and Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I Can Fly

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“A bird can fly, so can I!”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Jane Yolen, Maurice Sendak, Leo and Diane Dillon

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have loved drawing pictures and telling stories since I was a young boy . . . and that’s never changed.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep sketchbooks and journals! They are the greatest teachers.