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 authored and illustrated his own books as well, 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 was awarded the Caldecott honor for his book Grandpa Green.
He is also known for his multiple collaborations with author Jon Scieszka. The two have teamed up on books such as The Stinky Cheese Man, which was considered a New York Times "Best Illustrated Book" and a Caldcott Honor book and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Smith has also illustrated a number of 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.
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 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!.
Smith has authored and illustrated a number of books for a variety of publishing houses. Due to new editions, publishing dates may not be completely accurate.
Authored and illustrated
- Flying Jake - Viking Children's - 1988
- Glasses (Who Needs 'Em?) - Viking Children's - 1991
- The Big Pets - Viking Children's - 1991
- The Happy Hocky Family! - Viking Children's - 1993
- Pinnochio: The Boy - Viking Children's - 2002
- The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country! - Viking Children's - 2003
- John, Paul, George, and Ben - Hyperion Press - 2006
- Madam President- Viking Children's - 2008
- The Big Elephant In The Room - Hyperion Press - 2009
- It's a Book - Roaring Brook Press - 2010
- It's a Little Book - Roaring Brook Press - 2011
- Grandpa Green - Roaring Brook Press - 2011 (Caldecott Honor Book)
- Abe Lincoln's Dream - Roaring Brook Press - 2012
Collaborations with Jon Scieszka
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Viking Children's - 1989
- The Stinky Cheese Man - Viking Children's - 1992
- Math Curse - Viking Children's - 1995
- Squids Will Be Squids - Viking Children's - 1998
- Baloney (Henry P.) - Viking Children's - 2001
- Science Verse - Viking Children's - 2004
- Seen Art? - Viking Children's - 2005
- Cowboys and Octopus - Viking Children's - 2007
Smith has also illustrated a number of titles from Scieszka's The Time Warp Trio series of novels.
- Halloween ABC - Eve Merriam - Simon & Schuster - 1987
- James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl - Random House - 1996 edition
- Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! - Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky - Random House - 1998
- The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip - George Saunders - McSweeney's Publishing - 2000
- Big Plans - Bob Shea - Hyperion Press - 2008
- Princess Hyacinth - Florence Parry Heide - Schwartz & Wade - 2009
- Lulu and the Brontosaurus - Judith Viorst - Atheneum Books - 2010
- "Lane Smith". Penguin Books. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- Lane Smith's website
- Lane Smith's biography at Penguin Group
- Lane Smith on IMDB
- LibraryThing author profile