Wendell Minor

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General Information

Name: Wendell Minor

Pen Name: None

Born: 1944 in Aurora, Illinois

Website: www.minorart.com/

Email: wendell@minorart.com

Illinois Connection

Minor was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived in Kane County from 1944-1968.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendell Minor was born and raised in Illinois, where both his parents grew up on farms. By the time he was in fourth grade, Minor knew he wanted to be an artist. After graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Minor moved to New York City and began creating original designs for book publishers.

In addition to picture books, Minor has created cover art and interior illustrations for novels for young people. He has also authored several of his own books, and in 2005, Christmas Tree!, his first collaboration with his wife and business partner, Florence, was published. Minor’s children’s books reflect his love for the land and environment.

Wendell and his wife currently reside in Washington, Connecticut.

Published Works

Books written and illustrated by Wendell Minor

  • Daylight Starlight Wildlife, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
  • How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
  • My Farm Friends, Putnam, 2011
  • Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 From A to Z, Putnam, 2006
  • Pumpkin Heads, Scholastic, 2000
  • Grand Canyon, Scholastic, 1998

Illustrated books written by other authors

  • Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, Clarion, 2010 - written by Anita Silvey
  • The Last Train, Roaring Brook Press, 2010 - written by Gordon Titcomb
  • Nibble Nibble, HarperCollins, 2007 - written by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Give Her the River, Atheneum, 2004 - written by Michael Dennis Browne
  • Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson, Harcourt, 2003 - written by Amy Ehlrich
  • America the Beautiful, Putnam, 2003 - written by Katharine Lee Bates
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Scribner, 2002 - written by Stephen Crane
  • Shane, Houghton Mifflin, 2001 - written by Jack Schaefer
  • The Call of the Wild, Scribner's, 1999 - written by Jack London
  • A Lucky Thing, Harcourt, 1999 - written by Alice Schertle
  • Grassroots, Harcourt, 1998 - written by Carl Sandburg
  • Sky Memories, Delacorte, 1998 - written by Pat Brisson
  • The Seashore Book, HarperCollins, 1992 - written by Charlotte Zolotow

Illustrated books written by Tony Johnston

  • Sequoia, Roaring Brook Press, 2014
  • Cat, What Is That?, HarperCollins, 2001

Illustrated books written by Mary Higgins Clark

  • Magical Christmas Horse, Simon & Schuster, 2011
  • Ghost Ship, Simon and Schuster, 2007

Illustrated books written by Florence Minor

  • How to be a Bigger Bunny, Katherine Tegen Books, 2017
  • If You Were a Panda Bear, Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
  • If You Were a Penguin, HarperCollins, 2008
  • Christmas Tree!, HarperCollins, 2005

Illustrated books written by Buzz Aldrin

  • Look to the Stars, Putnam, 2009
  • Reaching for the Moon, Harper Collins, 2005

Illustrated books written by Robert Burleigh

  • Trapped, Charlesbridge, 2015
  • Edward Hopper Paints, Holt, 2014
  • If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond, Holt, 2012
  • Night Flight, Simon and Schuster, 2011
  • Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, Henry Holt, 2008
  • Into the Woods, Atheneum, 2003

Illustrated books written by Ann Turner

  • Sitting Bull Remembers, HarperCollins, 2007
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers, HarperCollins, 2001
  • Shaker Hearts, HarperCollins, 1997

Illustrated books written by Eve Bunting

  • We Were There, Clarion,2001
  • Red Fox Running, Clarion, 1993

Illustrated books written by Jean Craighead George

  • Galapagos George, HarperCollins, 2014
  • The Eagles Are Back, Dial Books, 2013
  • The Buffalo Are Back, Dutton, 2010
  • The Last Polar Bear, HarperCollins, 2009
  • The Wolves Are Back, Dutton, 2008
  • LUCK: The Story of a Sandhill Crane, HarperCollins, 2006
  • Snowboard Twist, HarperCollins, 2004
  • Fire Storm, HarperCollins, 2003
  • Snow Bear, Hyperion, 2003
  • Cliff Hanger, HarperCollins, 2002
  • Morning, Noon, and Night, HarperCollins, 1999
  • Arctic Son, Hyperion, 1997
  • Julie's Wolf Pack, HarperCollins, 1997
  • Everglades, HarperCollins, 1995
  • Julie, HarperCollins, 1994

Illustrated books written by Diane Siebert

  • Sierra, HarperCollins 1991
  • Heartland, HarperCollins, 1989
  • Mojave, HarperCollins, 1988

Titles at Your Library

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?

ISBN: 1101997818
Release Date: 2016-08-02

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My Farm Friends

ISBN: 0399257993
Release Date: 2013-01-03

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Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z

ISBN: 0399240039
Release Date: 2006-04-20

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Pumpkin Heads

ISBN: 0590521381
Release Date: 2007-08-01

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Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder

ISBN: 0590479687
Release Date: 1998-09

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Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot

ISBN: 0618274855
Release Date: 2010-11-15

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The Last Train

ISBN: 1596431644
Release Date: 2010-09-14

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Nibble Nibble

ISBN: 0060592087
Release Date: 2007-01-23

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Release Date: 2001-10-29

A Lucky Thing

ISBN: 0152005412
Release Date: 1999-04-01

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ISBN: 0152000828
Release Date: 1998-03-01

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Sky Memories

ISBN: 0385326068
Release Date: 1999-05-04

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The Seashore Book

ISBN: 1580897878
Release Date: 2017-05-16

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ISBN: 1596437278
Release Date: 2014-09-23

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How to Be a Bigger Bunny

ISBN: 0062352555
Release Date: 2017-01-24

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If You Were a Panda Bear

ISBN: 0061950904
Release Date: 2013-06-25

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If You Were a Penguin

ISBN: 0061130974
Release Date: 2008-12-23

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Christmas Tree!

ISBN: 0060560347
Release Date: 2005-09-27

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Reaching for the Moon

ISBN: 0060554479
Release Date: 2008-05-20

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Trapped! A Whale's Rescue

ISBN: 1580895581
Release Date: 2015-04-14

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Edward Hopper Paints His World

ISBN: 0805087524
Release Date: 2014-08-19

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If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond (Christy Ottaviano Books)

ISBN: 0805091378
Release Date: 2012-10-16

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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

ISBN: 1430110848
Release Date: 2012-03-31

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Sitting Bull Remembers

ISBN: 0060513993
Release Date: 2007-08-21

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Abe Lincoln Remembers

ISBN: 0060511079
Release Date: 2003-01

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Shaker Hearts

ISBN: 1567922317
Release Date: 2002-10-01

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Red Fox Running

ISBN: 0395589193
Release Date: 1993-09-20

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Galapagos George

ISBN: 0060287934
Release Date: 2014-04-08

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The Last Polar Bear

ISBN: 0061240699
Release Date: 2014-08-26

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The Wolves Are Back

ISBN: 0525479473
Release Date: 2008-04-17

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Luck (Outdoor Adventures)

ISBN: 0060082011
Release Date: 2006-05-01

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Snowboard Twist (Outdoor Adventures)

ISBN: 0060505958
Release Date: 2004-10-01

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Fire Storm

ISBN: 0060002638
Release Date: 2003-09-16

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Snow Bear

ISBN: 0786804564
Release Date: 1999-09-15

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Cliff Hanger

ISBN: 0060002603
Release Date: 2002-05-14

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Arctic Son

ISBN: 078681179X
Release Date: 1999-09-15

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Julie's Wolf Pack

ISBN: 0060274069
Release Date: 1997-08-30

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Sierra (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

ISBN: 0064434419
Release Date: 1996-01-05

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ISBN: 1567925367
Release Date: 2015-10-06

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Literary Awards

If You Were a Penguin

  • Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child book 2009

If You Were a Panda Bear

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Edward Hopper Paints His World

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Daylight Starlight Wildlife

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Wendell Minor on WorldCat


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