Lane Smith (illustrator)
Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a young age. He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that "[o]nce you've seen a 100-foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand (sic) in the middle of nowhere, you're never the same."
He studied art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, at the encouragement of his high-school art teacher, Dan Baughman, helping to pay for it by working as a janitor at Disneyland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration, and moved to New York City, where he was hired to do illustrations for various publications including TIME, Mother Jones and Ms..
Smith is married to Molly Leach, a book designer who has designed many award-winning books, including nearly all of Smith's books.
Smith is most noted for his work on children's books. Smith has illustrated works by Florence Parry Heide, Judith Viorst, Bob Shea, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, Eve Merriam, Roald Dahl and George Saunders. He has both written and illustrated several books, too, most notably It's a Book in 2010 which was a New York Times bestseller for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages, Madam President in 2008, and John, Paul, George, and Ben in 2006. In 2012, he received a Caldecott Medal honor for the book Grandpa Green.
He is also known for several children's picture books created with the writer Jon Scieszka. The two have teamed up on books such as The Stinky Cheese Man, which was one of the New York Times "Best Illustrated Books" and another Caldecott Honor Book, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Smith has also illustrated some volumes of Scieszka's The Time Warp Trio novels.
He is a four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award.
In 2012 he was named a Carle Honor Artist for lifelong innovation in the field of children's books.
In 2014 he received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement award.
Smith's artistic talents have also been featured in other books and mediums. He illustrated one edition of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, and was also Conceptual Designer for the 1996 Disney movie adaptation. He has also contributed conceptual designs for Disney and Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and the film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
Some listings may not be first editions.
As writer and illustrator
- Flying Jake (Viking Children's Books, 1988)
- Glasses (Who Needs 'Em?) (Viking, 1991)
- The Big Pets (Viking, 1991)
- The Happy Hocky Family! (Viking, 1993)
- Pinnochio: The Boy (Viking, 2002)
- The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country! (Viking, 2003)
- John, Paul, George, and Ben (Hyperion Press, 2006)
- Madam President (Viking, 2008)
- The Big Elephant In The Room (Hyperion, 2009)
- It's a Book (Roaring Brook Press, 2010)
- It's a Little Book (Roaring Brook, 2011)
- Grandpa Green (Roaring Brook, 2011) – Caldecott Honor Book
- Abe Lincoln's Dream (Roaring Brook, 2012)
- Written by Jon Scieszka
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989)
- The Stinky Cheese Man (Viking, 1992) – Caldecott Honor Book
- Math Curse (Viking, 1995)
- Squids Will Be Squids (Viking, 1998)
- Baloney (Henry P.) (Viking, 2001)
- Science Verse (Viking, 2004)
- Seen Art? (Viking, 2005)
- Cowboy and Octopus (Viking, 2007)
- By other writers
- Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam (Simon & Schuster, 1987)
- James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl (Random House, 1996 edition)
- The illustrations also appear in the 1997 hardcover book The Roald Dahl Treasury.
- Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky (Random House, 1998)
- The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, George Saunders (McSweeney's, 2000)
- Big Plans, Bob Shea (Hyperion, 2008)
- Princess Hyacinth, Florence Parry Heide (Schwartz & Wade, 2009)
- Lulu and the Brontosaurus, Judith Viorst (Atheneum Books, 2010)
- Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads, Bob Shea (Roaring Brook, 2014)
- "Lane Smith". Penguin Books. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- Official website
- Lane Smith's biography at Penguin Group
- Lane Smith on IMDB
- LibraryThing author profile
- Lane Smith at Library of Congress Authorities, with 54 catalog records