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

David Ezra Stein, celebrated children’s author and illustrator, was born in Brooklyn, NY.  From a young age, David fell in love with stories and reading.  This developed into a zealous energy for David, motivating him to create and share his own stories.  Stein pursued this passion and graduated from the Parsons School of Design.  His engaging style and dedication to the art of children’s literature has earned him several awards, including the Caldecott Honor for Interrupting Chicken (2011).  It’s sequel, The Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise, will be released September 2018.  David received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Leaves in 2008.  Leaves appeared on many book lists, such as Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of the Year and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, in addition to being chosen as a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice.  In 2010, Pouch! was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book.  David often utilizes watercolors and crayon techniques in his artwork.

Stein graduated from the Parsons School of Design.  In addition to children’s book making, he has worked as a puppeteer, puppet builder, interior and set-design illustrator, window display artist, and New Yorker cartoonist.  His first book, Cowboy Ned & Andy was published in 2006 by Simon & Schuster.  Since then, he has built a prolific relationship with Candlewick Press.  His books have been translated into six languages.

When speaking of his inspiration to write children’s literature, David remarks, “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.” David currently lives in Kew Gardens, NY with his wife, Miriam, and son, Sam.