Our featured author for January is Bill Peet.  Bill Peet was born January 29, 1915 in Indiana.  As a boy, Bill liked to draw and was interested in trains.  He spent several years on his grandfather’s farm, which sparked his interest in animals.

Even though Bill liked to draw, he didn’t take any art classes until high school.  He went to art school after graduating from high school, and it was there that he met his wife, Margaret.  Bill created some prize-winning paintings and portraits while at art school.

A friend encouraged Bill to apply for a job at Disney Studios.  Bill did, and was hired in 1937.  Bill Peet worked on a number of animated movies for Disney, including “Peter Pan,” “Dumbo,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “The Sword in the Stone.”  Bill left Disney Studios in 1964 to write and illustrate his own books.

Bill Peet’s first book was published in 1959.  He wrote and illustrated more than 35 books, including The Wump World; The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg; and Chester the Worldly Pig.  Bill Peet wrote his autobiography in 1989.  It was a Caldecott Honor Book.  Bill Peet died in May of 2002. 

For more information about Bill Peet, or to check out one of his books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.