Illustrator Steve Henry
“Getting in front of kids – that’s really ground zero for me. Their questions, their expressions and energy provide invaluable feedback that helps make me a better storyteller.”
About Illustrator Steve Henry
Steve’s picture book debut, Ella The Elegant Elephant, was a 2002 collaboration with then-wife Carmela D’Amico. Released by Arthur A. Levine Books in 2004, it received several honors including the 2005 Washington State Book Award. Three more Ella books followed, as well as a TV series based on the books which debuted on Disney Junior in 2014.
In September of 2000, he joined the Seattle-based Smashing Ideas agency as a designer and was promoted to Senior Art Director in 2006. During his time there he worked on scores of games and websites for children, specializing in preschool and early reader groups. At SI, he had the opportunity to work with a lot of great producers, developers and education consultants on various projects for PBS Kids, Nick Jr., The Disney Channel and Mattel.
In 2014 he changed his last name to “Henry” and left Smashing Ideas to focus on his own illustration projects. Steve has two new books coming out in 2015, with another pair under construction for 2016 (see his website). He does most of his drawing and painting from his home studio in West Seattle.