Champaign-Urbana area children’s book authors & illustrators

Meet the people writing or drawing pictures for children‘s books in and close to Champaign-Urbana. Click on the pictures to visit their websites or other sites that tell you more about them.

Robin Luebs

Robin Luebs

Urbana, Illinois

Artist Robin Luebs is the illustrator of How Do You Say Goodnight? and the author/illustrator of Please Pick Me Up, Mama! She is working on a new picture book, Who Said Coo?, written by her twin sister, Deborah Ruddell. Visit her website to learn more about her.

Raymond Bial

Ray Bial

Urbana, Illinois

Ray Bial is well known for his photo essays on subjects that have great appeal for children and adults alike, including dirt. Learn more on his website.

Susan E. Kirby

Susan Kirby

McLean, Illinois

Susan Kirby‘s books and stories reflect her love of quilts and quilting.
Learn more about her.

Alice B. McGinty

Alice McGinty

Urbana, Illinois

Alice McGinty is a prolific writer of information books for children of all ages. Learn more on her website.
E-mail alice@mcgintyzone.com

Patricia Hruby Powell

Patricia Hruby Powell

Champaign, Illinois

Patricia Hruby Powell‘s books reflect her extraordinary animated storytelling talents. Learn more on her website, Tales for All Ages
E-mail phpowell@talesforallages.com

Melodye Rosales

Melodye Rosales

Champaign, Illinois

Melodye Rosales is an author and illustrator of children‘s books that have multi-cultural appeal. Learn more about her.

Betsy Hearne

Betsy Hearne

Champaign, Illinois

Betsy Hearne has published picture books, poetry, and fiction for young people, as well as books about folklore and children‘s literature. She has also taught children‘s literature and storytelling at the Graduate School for Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Learn more about her.

Janice N. Harrington

Janice Harrington

Champaign, Illinois

Janice Harrington is a storyteller and poet as well as the author of Going North, which was awarded the 2005 Ezra Jack Keats Award, The Chicken Catching Queen of Lamar County, Roberto Walks Home, and Busy-Busy Little Chick. Learn more about her.