Gary Golio

Laurel Golio

Gary Golio is an artist and acclaimed picture book author. His Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow was a New York Times bestseller. Find out more about him at


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Harold and the Purple Crayon

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm—yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”—A Room with a View, E. M. Forster

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Authors: Dickens, Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss

Illustrators: Ed Young, Rudy Gutierrez, E. H. Shepard

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

“A long long time ago, I can still remember, how that music used to make me smile…and I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while…”—Don McLean, “American Pie”

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Believe in what you do and that will sustain you through difficult times.