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National Book Festival

Tom Lichtenheld is a children’s book illustrator who loves drawing pictures and telling silly stories. His works include the New York Times best-sellers “I Wish You More,” “Steam Train, Dream Train,” “Exclamation Mark,” "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" and "Duck! Rabbit!" His newest picture book, with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is “Friendshape” (Scholastic). Lichtenheld makes his illustrations with watercolor paint and colored pencil. After initial sketches in pencil, he develops black line art and prints it on watercolor paper to create a homemade coloring book, which is then layered with watercolor and pencil. He is often assisted in his work by his cats, which lay themselves strategically upon his materials.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Tom Lichtenheld

Photo by Marc Andrew Stephens