Laura Rankin’s first book, THE HANDMADE ALPHABET, was named a Boston Globe-Horn Book honor for illustration. Since then she has gone on to write and/or illustrate more than a dozen other books, including FLUFFY AND BARON, inspired by her childhood in East Aurora, NY, which has been strongly supported by Scholastic Book Fairs and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. A number of Laura’s books, including RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) TEENY TINY LIE; A BALLOON FOR ISABEL written by Deborah Underwood; and HOW TO DRIVE YOUR SISTER CRAZY by Diane Z. Shore have been honored with state awards, such as Maine’s Lupine Award, the Arkansas Diamond Honor Award, and the Garden State Children’s Book Award. Laura graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in drama. She has always created books: in fact, she still has a collection of stories from her “early period” (ages 5-11) that her mother saved for her. Laura lives in Easton, Maryland.
Download a PDF of the artist’s samples here: WPA Rankin art samples