“I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where my family owned a barbershop. During the summer I would walk to the shop and deliver my Dad’s hot lunch. Then I would take a break and listen to the conversations. Many customers told ‘big fish’ stories laced with humor and exaggeration. I enjoyed drawing those stories at the kitchen table when I returned home. Later I went to art school, and after taking a class in picture book art, I decided to try illustrating children’s literature. After more than 55 books, I still feel lucky to do what I love.”
Will Hillenbrand lives with his wife Jane, and son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio. He is now at work on a new picture book, Down by the Barn (Marshall Cavendish). To find out more about Will, click here to visit his website.