Erin E. Stead

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Erin E. Stead
Erin and Philip Stead at the Mazza Museum Fall Conference 2012
Erin and Philip Stead at the Mazza Museum Fall Conference 2012
Born (1982-12-27) December 27, 1982 (age 35)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, US
GenreChildren's picture books
Notable works
Notable awardsCaldecott Medal
SpousePhilip C. Stead

Erin E. Stead (born December 27, 1982) is an American illustrator of children's books. She won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, recognizing her first publication, A Sick Day for Amos McGee.[1]


Stead was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and met her husband, Philip Christian Stead in art class at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan.[2][3][4] They married in September 2005 and moved to New York City, where he worked at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. She worked at Books of Wonder bookstore and as an assistant to the creative director at HarperCollins Children's Books.[5] After moving back to Ann Arbor they collaborated on A Sick Day for Amos McGee, about the day a zookeeper stays home because he is sick.[6] It was his second book[a] and her first. Philip wrote characters he felt would be perfect for Erin to illustrate.[7] She used wood blocks for color work and pencil lines for detailing. Amos McGee was edited by Neal Porter at Roaring Brooks Press and named one of the "10 Best Illustrated Children's Books" for 2010 by The New York Times.[8][9]

Stead's second book, And Then It's Spring, written by Julie Fogliano (Neal Porter, 2012), was a runner-up for the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.[citation needed]. Lenny & Lucy arrived in 2015.

The Steads currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he teaches at Washtenaw Community College.


Erin E. Stead has illustrated books by other writers. Most of her works are picture books published by Roaring Brook Press of New York City under the imprint Neal Porter Books. Porter had previously handled Philip Stead's debut book.[a]

  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook, 2010)[6]
  • And Then It's Spring, Julie Fogliano (2012)
  • Bear Has a Story to Tell, Philip Stead (2012)
  • If You Want to See a Whale, Julie Fogliano (2013; ISBN 9781596437319)[10]
  • Lenny & Lucy, by Philip C. Stead (2015; ISBN 9781596439320)
  • The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, by Mark Twain and Philip Stead (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017)
  • All The Animals Where I Live, Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook, 2018)


  1. ^ a b Sick Day was Philip Stead's second published book, one year after a picture book that he wrote and illustrated, Creamed Tuna Fish & Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook, 2009; ISBN 9781596434011).
    As of February 2013, the Library of Congress Online Catalog credits him with three picture books written and illustrated, and a fourth expected in September, beside the two husband-and-wife collaborations. See External links, below, for current catalog records.


  1. ^ Caldecott Medal Home Page, American Library Association, January 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Philip C. Stead '99 and Erin E. Stead '01 Make The New York Times Book Review", Once a Falcon, Divine Child High School, Volume 2, Issue 2, Winter 2010. Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "WCC Instructor and Wife Share Caldecott Medal", News & Events, Washtenaw Community College, January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Interview with 2011 Caldecott Winner Erin Stead", Nicola's Books, 2011. (subscription required)?
  5. ^ "Spring 2010 Flying Starts: Erin Stead", Rachel Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly, Volume 257 Issue 25, June 28, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "A sick day for Amos McGee". Library of Congress Catalog Record (LCC). Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  7. ^ "Ann Arbor illustrator winner of Caldecott", Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, January 11, 2011. Archived July 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Clare Vanderpool, Erin E. Stead win Newbery, Caldecott Medals", American Libraries, American Library Association press release, January 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Newbery Awarded to Debut Author", Julie Bosman, The New York Times, January 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "If you want to see a whale". LCC record. Retrieved 2013-02-20.

External links[edit]

– By Diane Roback, Publisher's Weekly, January 13, 2011