Audrey Wood is the much-loved author of more than fifty books for children, including the bestselling, award-winning classics THE NAPPING HOUSE, PIGGIES, and HECKEDY PEG. Yes; the little girl who spent part of the first year of her childhood in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers’ Circus, listening to fantastical stories, grew up to be an accomplished storyteller herself. But Audrey’s talent goes far beyond words. As a fourth-generation artist, she’s also a gifted illustrator.
Audrey’s IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title (available in 26 editions), SILLY SALLY, received a starred review by Booklist and was praised for its “watercolor paintings, exploding with whimsy, humor, and zest.” Likewise, PW feted LITTLE PENGUIN’S TALE for its “outlandish humor and fabulous color illustrations.”
In addition, Audrey often collaborates with her husband, Caldecott Honor illustrator Don Wood (KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB). In PIGGY PIE PO, Audrey drew the illustrations and Don painted them. The result is the work of a "mysterious" third artist, not quite Don, and not quite Audrey.
Whether working on her own or in partnership with Don, Audrey’s work is always bursting with exuberant drawings, full of action and color, providing an emotional scope that is captivatingly authentic and kid-friendly rich.
Audrey, her husband Don, and quite a few furry friends split their time between California and Hawaii. There, she continues to create new American classics. Audrey is forever thankful for and appreciative of the wonders and excitement picture books bring to her life.