Robin Preiss Glasser has had two successful careers, the first as a ballet dancer and the second as an illustrator. She began her career as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, until injury forced her to leave. She returned to school at age 30 and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design.
In 2005 Glasser was paired with the writer Jane O’Connor to illustrate the Fancy Nancy books, where her “action-filled pen-and-ink drawings put Nancy in wild tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers”. Books in the series, which now number upwards of 80 titles, have spent over 330 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and have sold more than 30 million volumes. The Children’s Book Council named her 2013 Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet after more than one million young people cast their votes in the 6th annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. Disney Junior created their own animated Fancy Nancy TV series which launched in July 2018 and has been green lit for a 2nd season.
Robin lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, son, and daughter.