Authors and Illustrators Born in February: Uri Shulevitz • February 27th, 1935

Cover illustration for "Snow" by Uri Schulevitz

Cover illustration for "Snow" by Uri Schulevitz

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own.

Portrait of Uri Shulevitz

Portrait of Uri Shulevitz

The Moon in My Room, his first book, was published in 1963. Since then he has written and illustrated many celebrated children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome.

Illustration for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Dawn' by Uri Shulevitz

He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography.

Illustration for "Snow" by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for "Snow" by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for "Snow" by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for "Snow" by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'How I Learned Geography' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'How I Learned Geography' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'The Treasure' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'The Treasure' by Uri Shulevitz

Shulevitz wrote a wonderful book, entitled Writing with Pictures about illustrating picture books, which has become a classic.

Illustration for 'Writing with Pictures' by Uri Shulevitz

Illustration for 'Writing with Pictures' by Uri Shulevitz