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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Illustrator

Born: 1944 in Aurora, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Minor was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived in Kane County from 1944-1968.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendell Minor was born and raised in Illinois, where both his parents grew up on farms. By the time he was in fourth grade, Minor knew he wanted to be an artist. After graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Minor moved to New York City and began creating original designs for book publishers. In addition to picture books, Minor has created cover art and interior illustrations for novels for young people. He has also authored several of his own books, and in 2005, ''Christmas Tree!'', his first collaboration with his wife and business partner, Florence, was published. Minor’s children’s books reflect his love for the land and environment. Wendell and his wife currently reside in Washington, Connecticut.

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