Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. He is also the cover artist and designer for books by David McCullough, Pat Conroy, and Fannie Flagg among others. He has created covers for the young adult editions of Nathaniel Philbrick’s books.
Among the awards his books have garnered are Notable Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies, ALA Booklist Children’s Choices, International Reading Association Teacher’s Choices, Parents Choice Foundation “Silver Honor,” Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children, the John Burroughs List of Nature Books For Young Readers, Publishers Weekly Best Books, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, and most recently, The Cook Prize for his book Galapagos George, written by Jean Craighead George, with whom he collaborated on 18 books over the course of 20 years. Among the many other authors he has collaborated with are Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and his wife Florence Minor.
Wendell has twice been invited to speak, and sign his books at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. He currently lectures at schools and universities across the country, often on environmental themes, and his books are frequently used in classrooms. The Seashore Book was featured on the PBS TV program “Reading Rainbow.” He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA and a Past President of the Society of Illustrators in New York.
His work has been exhibited widely throughout the country in various venues including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, the Art Institute of Chicago, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the Boston Public Library, and the Chautauqua Institution’s Center for the Visual Arts.
“Wendell Minor’s America,” an exhibition of 25 years of his children’s book art that was on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum from November 2013 through May 2014, will travel to Illinois and will open at Aurora University’s Schingoethe Museum on October 3rd, 2015. A book featuring the art was published in conjunction with the exhibit and is available through the Norman Rockwell Museum Store.
Wendell and Florence live and work in Washington, CT. You can visit them at minorart.com and on Facebook.