As a young man Kevin McCloskey took a trip around the world. He sold his drawings on the streets of San Francisco. He went to college at The School of Visual Arts, NYC. He studied with great illustrators including Marshall Arisman, Robert Weaver, and Uri Shulevitz. His artwork has appeared in many newspapers including The Village Voice and The New York Times. His 1991 children’s picture book, Mrs. Fitz’s Flamingos, was a selection of the Children’s Book of the Month Club. He also wrote and illustrated a guidebook to his old hometown, Walking Around Hoboken.
We Dig Worms! is his new book. His wife, Patt, a librarian, asked for a funny worm book to read to children. He painted worms on recycled grocery bags. Françoise Mouly, the publisher of Toon Books, art directed and edited We Dig Worms! into a real book. When he visits schools to share We Dig Worms!, he brings a bucket of worms.
We Dig Worms! was praised by The New York Times and is on School Library Journal‘s Top Ten Graphic Novels 2015.
His recently released The Real Poop on Pigeons (Toon Books 2016) has also garnered rave reviews and is a Junior Library Guild selection.
Kevin McCloskey teaches illustration at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He was born in Rahway, New Jersey.