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National Book Festival

At 2 years of age Rosemary Wells began to draw. When she was not outdoors, she was always drawing. At 19, she attended Boston Museum School and worked seven years in publishing before her first book was published in 1968, an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's "A Song to Sing, O!" Rosemary Wells' career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. She has won numerous awards and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two definitive editions and created an unforgettable world for grown-ups and kids alike in "Voyage to the Bunny Planet." Her latest titles are "Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book" (Viking) and from Candlewick Press: "My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood," co-authored by Secundino Fernandez and illustrated by Peter Ferguson; and "On the Blue Comet," illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.

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Rosemary Wells

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