Ian Schoenherr grew up in rural New Jersey and attended art school at The Cooper Union in New York City. After he graduated, an editor who had been his creative writing teacher in high school asked him to illustrate a book jacket, and then to illustrate his first picture book, NEWF, written by Marie Killilea. Since then, he has illustrated several books by other authors, including LITTLE RACCOON’S BIG QUESTION. His most recent books, which he both wrote and illustrated, are CAT AND MOUSE, which was included in the New York Public Library’s 2008 list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing; READ IT, DON’T EAT IT, which received an SLJ starred review and was included in the New York Public Library’s 2009 list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing; and DON’T SPILL THE BEANS, which also received an SLJ starred review. His second-grade teacher wrote on his report card, “He works neatly and conscientiously – a real plodder,” and while he claims he’s not very neat now, the rest of the description still fits. He shares an old house in Woodside, New York, with his partner, Kathy, and their cats, Buzz and Pistachio, who keep the mice away.
Download a PDF of the artist’s samples here: WPA Schoenherr art samples