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BOOKLight: Meet Author & Illustrator Melissa Sweet

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Melissa Sweet has illustrated over a hundred books, many of which have won a number of prestigious awards such as the Caldecott honor, Sibert, Orbis Pictus, and the New York Times award. Melissa just completed her first chapter book biography, Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White. She lives in Maine.


I’ve been making art ever since I could hold a crayon, scissors, Etch-A–Sketch, and coloring book.” Melissa Sweet


Melissa Sweet will deliver the 2017 Naomi C. Chase lecture on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Learn more and register

balloons-over-broadwayBalloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (2011). Words and art by Melissa Sweet

Learn about Tony Sarg, the artist, inventor and puppeteer responsible for the Macy’s Parade trademark helium balloons! Winner of the 2012 Sibert Award


river_of_wordsA River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (2008) Words by Jen Bryant, art by Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet’s mixed-media art helps to tell the inspiring story of the poet and doctor. 2009 Caldecott Honor Book


9780375867125A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (2013) Words by Jen Bryant, art by Melissa Sweet

Pippin’s words come alive in Sweet’s inspired combination of gouache, watercolor, and drawings. 2014 Sibert Honor; Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award and the Orbis Pictus Award


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