Who loves to chant nursery rhymes? Oh come on…I’m sure some of you adults still act silly and sing an old nursery rhyme now and again, especially with children or grandchildren. Well, recently, Burlington, VT had a book festival, and I had the pleasure of writing the biography for author Eileen Christelow. If you haven’t heard of her, check her out!
Eileen Christelow is an impressive award-winning children’s author/illustrator who published her first book Henry and the Red Stripes in 1982 with Clarion Books. She is well known for her bestselling picture book series Five Little Monkeys. With abounding talent and precision, Christelow transforms the popular and timeless nursery rhyme into a delightfully entertaining and educational book enjoyed by both children and parents alike. The first book in the series, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, published in 1989, won the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award in 1990. Christelow then went on to write/illustrate more than ten more books in the Five Little Monkeys series, including some Spanish and simplified Chinese editions. Some of Christelow’s other titles include, Letters from a Desperate Dog and Where’s the Big Bad Wolf? Christelow is not only considered a creator of fiction, but is also accomplished in her nonfiction works, Vote!, published in 2003 and What Do Authors Do?, published in 1995. Christelow has won numerous awards with her artistic abilities. Just to name a few, she has been presented with such honors as the Washington Irving fiction award, the School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice. With over thirty titles published, Christelow has much to share during her school visits with elementary aged children. Christelow’s own history with books began as a child where books were a part of everyday family life. In college, she took art history and design courses and graduated with a BA in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Later she found that she had an interest in photography as well. She went on to marry Ahren, her husband. They have one daughter and a dog named Emma. They reside in Dummerston, Vermont on top of picturesque Ascutney Mountain.