Our featured author for January is Rosemary Wells, who was born in New York City on January 29, 1943.  Her mother was a ballet dancer and her father was a playwright and actor.  This meant Rosemary’s childhood was filled with art, music, books, and stories.  Rosemary began drawing at the age of 2, and spent all of her time drawing.

Rosemary Wells attended the Boston Museum School to study art.  She then married her husband, Tom, and began a career as a book designer.  After a few years, she began working for Macmillan Publishing, and she published her first children’s book (I Have a Song to Sing, O!).

Rosemary Wells has been an author and illustrator for over 40 years, and she has published 120 books.  She has created many memorable animal characters, including Max, Benjamin, Ruby, Nora, Tulip, and Timothy.  Mrs. Wells says that animal characters are her favorites, because animals can do things in books that humans can’t do.

For more information about Rosemary Wells, or to check out one of her books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.