Picture Book Authors A to Z: “Y” is for Young
While working at the New York Public Library, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite illustrators, Ed Young. Ed Young was born in China. He came to the United States to study architecture, but ended up following his love of art to his career. He currently resides in Westchester County, New York. His artwork is stunning, and can be ornate, or simple. He has illustrated over 80 books for children. Visit Ed Young's website.
Check Out These Books
Here are some books written and illustrated by Ed Young in our library system:
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta
Late at night, when everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance. A visual feast of colors.
I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket by Ed Young
A Nepalese basket tells the story of its use through three generations of a family. Doko is only a simple basket. He has carried his master's child, and wood for the fire. He was there when the child became a man and married. And he very nearly had to carry the grandfather away forever. Luckily, someone wise beyond their years spoke up and made it possible for Doko to carry the grandfather home again instead. The lush, gold framed, double spread illustrations are spectacular.
Lon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story From China by Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1989.
Hook by Ed Young
A chick hatched by hens turns out to be an eaglet who must get help from a boy in learning how to fly.
DeAnn O. is a Youth Services librarian, and loves the art of children’s picture books.