Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None


Born: in Marengo, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Gustafson was born in Marengo, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gustafson is an artist and illustrator. His paintings are rich in imagination and he is a master at creating and interpreting fairy tales in such a way that appeals to all ages. This led many book publishers to trust him to illustrate classic children's books like ''The Nutcracker'', ''Peter Pan'' and ''The Night Before Christmas''. His original titles include ''Alphabet Soup'', ''Animal Orchestra'', ''Classic Fairy Tales'', ''Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose'', ''Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe'' and ''Classic Bedtime Stories.''

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Classic Fairy Tales''''' *2003 Cheslsey award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists '''''Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose''''' *2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Classic Bedtime Stories''''' *2015 ILLINOIS READS Book