Judy Press

Judy Press studied fine arts at Syracuse University and earned a masters in art education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the creator of a dozen award-winning children’s art activity books and early reader chapter books. A grandmother to ten, Press lives in Pittsburgh.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Nancy Drew mysteries

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“And [he] sailed back over a year
and in and out of weeks
and through a day
and into the night of his very own room
where he found his supper waiting for him
and it was still hot”
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Mo Willems, Maurice Sendak, Michael Kline

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To enrich the lives of children by encouraging them to read, learn and use their imagination.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Don’t get discouraged! Enjoy the process of writing and creating stories that are yours alone.