A Modernist Master, for Kids

Children's Book Illustrator 
b. 1931  


Ed Emberley has mastered the art of instructing young people how to draw it. Emberley, the 83-year-old Caldecott Medal-winning writer and illustrator, has authored over 80 playfully illustrated children’s books over the span of his prolific career. Ed was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He studied art at the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston (now the Massachusetts College of Art and Design), from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration. He also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has reached schools, libraries, bookstores, and homes because Ed Emberley belives he can turn anyone into an “artist.” Although most people are aware of the fact that Barbara Emberley, Ed's wife, has frequently joined forces with Ed on book projects, few are aware of the part his children, Michael and Rebecca, have played. They, too, have worked on Ed's books, helping book projects move from the beginning idea to completion. The Emberley family is very much a part of the children's book world. Ed lives in a 1690 saltbox house in Ipswich, Massachusetts.