Worlds of W O N D E R: David Ezra Stein

Bestselling children’s author and illustrator David Ezra Stein was born in Brooklyn, NY. 

By the time he was two or three, he was asking adults, “Wanna come to my room? Read books?” David says, “I’ll never forget the experience of sitting in a beloved lap and having a whole world open before me: a world brought to life by the pictures and the grown-up’s voice. That wonder is what I want to re-create in my own books.”

Children’s-book historian Leonard S. Marcus has called David “one of the most gifted younger artists working today.”

David’s "Interrupting Chicken" was awarded a Caldecott Honor. Scholastic named it one of the top 100 books of all time for children.

His books have won many state awards as well as a CYBIL, a Golden Kite Honor, two Charlotte Zolotow Honors, a Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award.

His books have been translated into ten languages. His latest books are "Hush," "Little Bunny," and "Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise."

When he is not making books, David loves cooking, singing, drumming, drawing from life, and riding his bike—though not all at the same time- that would just be silly.

David lives with his wife, two small children, and a rabbit in Kew Gardens, NY. You can learn more about David at his web site,

Twitter: @_davidezrastein