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  1. Welcome to the World of Childrens Author and Illustrator

  2. Rosemary Wells was born January 23rd 1943 and grew up on the shores of Red Bank, New Jersey. Rosemary's mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Click Here to Watch Video Interview with Rosemary Wells As Wells recalled on her Web site, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York."

  3. After High School Rosemary attended Museum School in Boston Her schools classroom  may have looked very similar to this one..

  4. It was in New York City that Rosemary published her first book EVER. An illustrated edition of Gilbert & Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Having  written  more than 60 books over the last 30 years for ages Newborn to 12 years old, throughout her career Wells has continued to illustrate the work of other authors while adding to a growing list of solo picture books.... Rosemary & Tom's family included two daughters named Victoria & Marguerite (who were the inspiration for the sibling bunny charcters Max & Ruby) as well as a West Highland Terrier dog named Angus (who was the inspiration for the character McDuff)..

  5. On her website RosemaryWells.com Rosemary talks about her book creation methods and techniques, she says, " A book can take anywhere from two months to ten months to complete. I start by writing out a layout of the story. When I have a layout, I begin to write a story on my computer. When I have a first draft, I go back to my layout board & paste it up page by page. Then I add sketch drawings, & when that’s finished I cut the manuscript, by half, because now the drawings can tell much of the word story by themselves. The next step is called a dummy. It′s a mockup book that I cut out and tape together myself. When the dummy is as good as I can make it, I show it to my editor. My editor makes other suggestions. Editors are a third pair of eyes and ears to the world. I usually make about 95% of my editor’s corrections because they help the book to be a better story. When I start illustrating I have my dummy in front of me. I begin to draw using mechanical pencil. When my pencil drawing is complete I draw over it in very light blue ink. Then I erase all the pencil lines and have a line image in blue. The color goes on. I use a lot of watercolor. I also use other media—gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencils."

  6. Including her work as an author and illustrator, Wells is a strong advocate of literacy programs. She has often spoken on behalf of the "Twenty Minutes a Day" campaign, which proposes that parents should spend twenty minutes each day reading to their children. She read her 1998 picture book Read to Your Bunny at the White House at the opening of the nationwide Prescription for Reading Partnership program. Click here to read the speech Rosemary gave at the White House. In addition to being an author of picture books, Wells has written several well-respected novels for teen readers. And has also delved into nonfiction writing with several biographies of historical and contemporary women. Having received dozens and dozen of prestigious honors and awards for her books and illustrations between 1972 and 2012 . Rosemary's Signed LImited Edition Prints are also available for purchase online at : Picturebookoriginals.com

  7. Comprehensive Listing of All of Rosemary Wells Work. Writings SELF-ILLUSTRATED, EXCEPT AS NOTED John and the Rarey, Funk, 1969. Michael and the Mitten Test, Bradbury (New York, NY), 1969. The First Child, Hawthorn, 1970. Martha's Birthday, Bradbury (New York, NY), 1970. Miranda's Pilgrims, Bradbury (New York, NY), 1970. Unfortunately Harriet, Dial (New York, NY), 1972. Benjamin and Tulip, Dial (New York, NY), 1973. Noisy Nora, Dial (New York, NY), 1973, revised edition, with new illustrations, 1997. Abdul, Dial (New York, NY), 1975. Morris's Disappearing Bag: A Christmas Story, Dial (New York, NY), 1975. Don't Spill It Again, James, Dial (New York, NY), 1977. Stanley and Rhoda, Dial (New York, NY), 1978. Good Night, Fred, Dial (New York, NY), 1981. Timothy Goes to School, Dial (New York, NY), 1981. A Lion for Lewis, Dial (New York, NY), 1982. Peabody, Dial (New York, NY), 1983. Hazel's Amazing Mother, Dial (New York, NY), 1985. Shy Charles, Dial (New York, NY), 1988. Forest of Dreams, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, Dial (New York, NY), 1988. Fritz and the Mess Fairy, Dial (New York, NY), 1991. Waiting for the Evening Star, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, Dial (New York, NY), 1993. Night Sounds, Morning Colors, illustrated by David McPhail, Dial (New York, NY), 1994.

  8. Night Sounds, Morning Colors, illustrated by David McPhail, Dial (New York, NY), 1994. Lucy Comes to Stay, illustrated by Mark Graham, Dial (New York, NY), 1994. The Language of Doves, illustrated by Greg Shed, Dial (New York, NY), 1996. Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories (middle grade nonfiction), illustrated by Peter McCarty, Dial (New York, NY), 1998. (With Maria Tallchief) Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina (nonfiction), Viking (New York, NY), 1999. Streets of Gold (nonfiction; based on Mary Antin's memoir The Promised Land ), illustrated by Dan Andreasen, Dial (New York, NY), 1999. (With husband, Tom Wells) The House in the Mail, illustrated by Dan Andreasen, Dial (New York, NY), 1999. Emily's First 100 Days of School, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000. Timothy's Lost and Found Day, Viking (New York, NY), 2000. Timothy Goes to School, Viking (New York, NY), 2000. Lassie Come-Home, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2000. Felix Feels Better, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001. Practice Makes Perfect, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2002. Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School, Viking (New York, NY), 2002. Make New Friends, Volo (New York, NY), 2002. Leave Well Enough Alone, Dial (New York, NY), 2002. Wingwalker, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2002. Bubble-Gum Radar, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2002. Adding it Up, illustrated by Michale Koelsch, Viking (New York, NY), 2002. Ready to Read, illustrated by Michale Koelsch, Viking (New York, NY), 2002. When I Grow Up, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2003. The Small World of Binky Braverman, illustrated by Richard Egielski, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Only You, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Felix and the Worrier, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2003.

  9. Emily's World of Wonders, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2003. Emmett's Pig, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003. I Love You! A Bushel & a Peck, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor to books, including So I Shall Tell You a Story: The Magic World of Beatrix Potter, edited by Judy Taylor, Warne, 1993, and Stories and Fun for the Very Young, Candlewick Press, 1998. "MAX AND RUBY" SERIES; SELF-ILLUSTRATED Max's First Word, Dial (New York, NY), 1979. Max's New Suit, Dial (New York, NY), 1979. Max's Ride, Dial (New York, NY), 1979. Max's Toys: A Counting Book, Dial (New York, NY), 1979. Max's Bath, Dial (New York, NY), 1985. Max's Bedtime, Dial (New York, NY), 1985. Max's Breakfast, Dial (New York, NY), 1985. Max's Birthday, Dial (New York, NY), 1985. Max's Christmas, Dial (New York, NY), 1986. Hooray for Max, Dial (New York, NY), 1986. Max's Chocolate Chicken, Dial (New York, NY), 1989. Max's Dragon Shirt, Dial (New York, NY), 1991. Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box, Dial (New York, NY), 1993. Max and Ruby's Midas: Another Greek Myth, Dial (New York, NY), 1995. Bunny Cakes, Dial (New York, NY), 1997. Bunny Money, Dial (New York, NY), 1997. Max's Chocolate Chicken, Dial (New York, NY), 1999. Max Cleans Up, Viking (New York, NY), 2000. Goodnight Max, Viking (New York, NY), 2000. Bunny Party, Viking (New York, NY), 2001. Max's Snowsuit, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2001. Play with Max and Ruby, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 2002. Ruby's Beauty Shop, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Max's Christmas Stocking, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Max Drives Away, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Ruby's Tea for Two, Viking (New York, NY), 2003. Bunny Mail, Viking (New York, NY), 2004. "VOYAGE TO THE BUNNY PLANET" SERIES; SELF-ILLUSTRATED Voyage to the Bunny Planet, Dial (New York, NY), 1992. First Tomato, Dial (New York, NY), 1992. The Island Light, Dial (New York, NY), 1992. Moss Pillows, Dial (New York, NY), 1992. "EDWARD THE UNREADY" SERIES; SELF-ILLUSTRATED Edward Unready for School, Dial (New York, NY), 1995.

  10. Edward's Overwhelming Overnight, Dial (New York, NY), 1995. Edward in Deep Water, Dial (New York, NY), 1995. "MCDUFF" SERIES; ILLUSTRATED BY SUSAN JEFFERS McDuff Moves In, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1997. McDuff Comes Home, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1997. McDuff and the Baby, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1997. McDuff's New Friend, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1998. McDuff, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1998. McDuff's Birthday, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000. The McDuff Stories, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000. McDuff Goes to School, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. McDuff Saves the Day, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002. McDuff Steps Out, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2004. McDuff's Favorite Things, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2004. McDuff's Hide-and-Seek, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2004. "BUNNY READS BACK" SERIES; SELF-ILLUSTRATED Read to Your Bunny, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998. Old MacDonald, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998. The Bear Went over the Mountain, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998. Bingo, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998. "YOKO AND FRIENDS SCHOOL DAYS" SERIES; SELF-ILLUSTRATED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Yoko, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1998. Mama, Don't Go!, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. The School Play, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. The Halloween Parade, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. Doris's Dinosaur, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. Yoko's Paper Cranes, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. The World around Us, illustrated by Lisa Koelsch, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. Be My Valentine, illustrated by John Nez, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001. Read Me a Story, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2001. The Germ Busters, illustrated by Jody Wheeler, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY), 2002. "MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE BOARD BOOKS"; EDITED BY IONA OPIE Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997. Little Boy Blue and Other Rhymes, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997. Pussycat, Pussycat and Other Rhymes, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997. Wee Willie Winkie and Other Rhymes, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997.

  11. FICTION; FOR YOUNG ADULTS The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Dial (New York, NY), 1972. None of the Above, Dial (New York, NY), 1974. Leave Well Enough Alone, Dial (New York, NY), 1977. When No One Was Looking, Dial (New York, NY), 1980, reprinted, Puffin (New York, NY), 2000. The Man in the Woods, Dial (New York, NY), 1984. Through the Hidden Door, Dial (New York, NY), 1987. RETELLER The Little Lame Prince (based on the book by Dinash Mulock Craik), Dial (New York, NY), 1990. Lassie Come-Home (based on the book by Eric Knight), illustrated by Susan Jeffers, Holt (New York, NY), 1995. Alan Garner, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1997. The Fisherman and His Wife: A Brand-New Version, illustrated by Eleanor Hubbard, Dial (New York, NY), 1998. Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, with New Adventures (based on the book by Rachel Field), illustrated by Susan Jeffers, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1999. Alan Garner, Little Red Riding Hood, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1999. ILLUSTRATOR William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, A Song to Sing, O! (from The Yeoman of the Guard ), Macmillan (New York, NY), 1968. Gilbert and Sullivan, W. S. Gilbert's "The Duke of Plaza Toro" (from The Gondoliers ), Macmillan (New York, NY), 1969. Paula Fox, Hungry Fred, Bradbury, 1969. (With Susan Jeffers), Charlotte Pomerantz, Why You Look like You Whereas I Tend to Look like Me, Young Scott Books, 1969. Robert W. Service, The Shooting of Dan McGrew [and] The Cremation of Sam McGhee, Young Scott Books, 1969. Rudyard Kipling, The Cat That Walked by Himself, Hawthorn, 1970. Winifred Rosen, Marvin's Manhole, Dial (New York, NY), 1970. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, A Hot Thirsty Day, Macmillan, 1971. Ellen Conford, Impossible, Possum, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1971. Beryl Epstein and Dorrit Davis, Two Sisters and Some Hornets, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1972. Virginia A. Tashjian, editor, With a Deep-Sea Smile: Story Hour Stretches for Large or Small Groups, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1974. Lore G. Segal, Tell Me a Trudy, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1977. Jostein Gaarder, The Christmas Mystery, translated by Elizabeth Rokkan, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1996. Iona Opie, editor, My Very First Mother Goose, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996. (Watercolorist) E. B. White, Stuart Little: Collector's Edition, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1999. (Watercolorist) E. B. White, Charlotte's Web: Collector's Edition, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1999. Iona Opie, editor, Here Comes Mother Goose, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999. (Watercolorist) Garth Williams, Benjamin's Treasure (excerpt from The Adventures of Benjamin Pink ), Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001. Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers, Getting to Know You!: Rogers and Hammerstein Favorites, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2002. OTHER Author, with Joanna Hurley, of Cooking for Nitwits, photographs by Barbara Olcott, Dutton, 1989. Contributor to Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children, edited by William Zinsser, Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Some of Wells's books have been translated into Spanish.

  12. Additional Information and Interesting Links Picturebookoriginals.com Rosemarywells.com Encyclopedia.com Goodreads.com Video of Rosemary Wells - Max's Chocolate Chicken Dial Books for Young Readers and Puffin Books Visit with Rosemary Wells