There is a changing page of questions and answers on this website. Click here to see it. (Take a look at the "favorite color" question).

For what's really new,
please follow Paul O. Zelinsky both on Twitter (where he is @paulozelinsky), and on his

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Please click its "Like" button, if you like.

A long interview about the making of

The Wheels on the Bus
Interview in the website OpEd News, by Joan Brunwasser, who normally writes about election reform!

Click for link to article.

Chicago has a new museum honoring the writing
tradition in America. The American Writers Museum has opened on Michigan Avenue, a few blocks from the Art Institute, and in its Children's Gallery is a mural Paul made for them. At left is the mural shortly before Paul finished it; at right is the rest of the Children's Gallery. Writers honored in this museum are all American and deceased; children's books are not relegated to this room but included throughout. Read this lovely blog post by Esther Hershenhorn about the museum, with another picture of Paul and the mural. Click here for some close-ups.

The New York Public Library has created an exhibit
in the great 42nd Street main branch, celebrating the 100th anniversary of their essential-for-artists division, the Picture Collection. This show features an original oil painting of Paul's from Rumpelstiltskin and one of the reference pictures he used to figure out how to paint straw!

The photo on the right shows Paul with Picture Collection director Billy Parrott.

moose fabricDid you know that Paul
has designed some fabric patterns to go with the second Moose book he illustrated with Kelly Bingham, Circle Square, Moose?

They are viewable on the website, (here, here, and here) and the story of the shirt he had made from the one on the left here is written up in Publisher's Weekly Magazine!

Paul O. Zelinsky bookA visit to some Iowans
Paul spent a period in conversation with the second graders at Van Meter School in Van Meter, Iowa. That is, the students were there; Paul was in his studio in Brooklyn. So he was able to pull things off of shelves and out of drawers to show them.
You can read librarian Shannon Miller's blog about the Skype visit here. And you can follow her on Twitter: @shannonmiller. For that matter, follow Paul, too: @paulozelinsky.

A Package arrives from The Horn Book: These photos document the arrival and opening of the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book (a highly respected journal of essays and reviews about children's literature) featuring Paul's own watercolor on the cover, and a very complimentary article about him on the inside. Click on a thumbnail to see the larger photo, and read caption and comments. Here is a link to the article.

Paul O. Zelinsky bookPaul O. Zelinsky in Bologna Paul and his wife visited Italy with illustrator Bob Barner and his wife. The four of them spent three days in Bologna to attend the Bologna Book Fair.

On one day Paul was given a table at the SCBWI stand, where his books were spread out for people to see. More interesting was the Illustrators Duel that he and Bob put on. It was very popular. Here is one blog's take on it.

Paul O. Zelinsky book
Paul O. Zelinsky is a book! Abdo Publishing has produced an easy-to-read Paul O. Zelinsky reference book, with a lot of pictures. School libraries might like it, and anybody can find it at It's a short read (24 pages including front and back matter) but fascinating!

Other illustrators featured in Abdo's Childen's Illustrators series include Ezra Jack Keats, Robert McCloskey, Garth Williams, William Steig, Jerry Pinkney and more.

katie davis on WTNH
Knick-Knack Paddywhack! was brought on Connecticut television by children's book author/illustrator, blogger, and literacy-proponent-extraordinaire Katie Davis (visit her blog here). It's always great when television pays attention to children's books; it should happen more often.

If you go to WTNH's web page for this segment, please leave a comment, so the station will know that their paying attention is getting some attention!

Check out
this blog
on the Publishers Weekly website. One warm November morning, Paul spoke about making art, along with artists Marla Frazee and Stephen Savage, at the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show. This article does a good job of conveying what each speaker contributed.

Check out this blog, too. This PW blog is a wonderful account of a presentation Paul and Emily Jenkins gave at The Flying Pig Bookstore in Vermont, about Toys Come Home. Bookstores and schools around the country have reacted very enthusiastically to their presentations about the Toys trilogy.

Z is for Moose arrived in 2012. A picture book by Kelly Bingham, it's not quite an alphabet book, although responsible Zebra is valiantly trying to arrange things so that it is. Apple, Ball and Cat are ready to cooperate, but Moose is another matter. Z is for Moose is a story about frustration and friendship and it's very funny.

Paul came across a YouTube video that came amusingly close to shenanigans in the book. He sent a link to Greenwillow publisher Virginia Duncan...
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with a meant-to-be-silly message suggesting there could be plagiarism here.
Zelinsky in studio Before seeing the video, Virginia was very alarmed..
Bad Paul!

Read the story from Greenwillow's point of view on the Greenwillow blog

A First Skype visit to a school:  
Zelinsky in studio

Paul visited with students at the Mountainview International Christian School in Salatiga, Indonesia.

They had many good questions, and it seemed that a good time was had on both sides of the world. Then the children began the first day of their last week of the school year, and Paul went home to bed.

Zelinsky in studio A new book: Toys Come Home, by the inimitable Emily Jenkins, completes the Toys Go Out trilogy.

Emily's immensely popular Toys Go Out was followed by its sequel, Toy Dance Party. Toys Come Home takes place earlier, before the other two books. But it doesn't have to be read first in the series. Toys Come Home will reveal answers to many of the tantalizing questions you may have had after reading the other books, such as: why was the one-eared sheep a one-eared sheep?


A Page on this website is devoted to the planting of Rapunzel seeds. Take a look.

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