Melissa Sweet

Born:  January 1, 1956

Meet the Author Melissa Sweet:


Author Bio:

Melissa Sweet was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. In her teens, she attended art school, focusing on pottery, but when she became acquainted with Maurice Sendak’s drawings in Little Bear, she realized she wanted to illustrate children’s books. She studied at Endicott College and Kansas City Art Institute. Sweet has used mixed media, including sketchbooks, ink, watercolor, acrylic, photography, cartoons, newspaper articles, and multiple typefaces. She researched her informational books by traveling and noting the details of everyday life. Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books and was awarded the Caldecott Honor for The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, both written by Jen Bryant. In 2011, she received Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book award for Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, 2012, which also the winner of the Sibert Medal.”—from


Books by Melissa Sweet:

Written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet:

Balloons Over Broadway

Some Writer The Story of E.B. White

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet:

Alphamaniacs  (Illustrator)

Unbound The Life and Art of Judith Scott  (Illustrator)

Baabwaa and Wooliam  (Illustrator)

Cricket in the Thicket (Illustrator)

Firefly July  (Illustrator)

Girls Think of Everything (Illustrator)

How to Read a Book  (Illustrator)

Little Red Writing  (Illustrator)

Listen to Our World (Illustrator)

The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus  (Illustrator)

A Sleepy Little Alphabet  (Illustrator)

A Splash of Red The Life and Art of Horace Pippin  (Illustrator)

River of Words The Story of William Carlos Williams  (Illustrator)

The Boy Who Drew Birds (Illustrator)