Stephen Gammell

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Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Song and Dance Man and two Caldecott Honor books, The Relatives Came and Where the Buffaloes Begin. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I liked looking at the Western and war paintings in magazines.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Only three?

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I didn’t – I just wanted to continue to be me, as long as I was already an artist…

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Yes – be a veterinarian instead.