Rosemary Wells’ career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. The accomplished recipient of several awards, Wells has given readers such unforgettable characters as Noisy Nora, Max and Ruby, and Yoko.
Rosemary was born in New York City and raised on the New Jersey shore. She grew up in a home “filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music.”
At two years old, Rosemary began to draw. When she was not outdoors, she could be found exploring her art. At nineteen, she attended Boston Museum School. Rosemary worked seven years in publishing before her first book was published in 1968, an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s A Song to Sing, O!
Described as “a master of the delicate art of story” by School Library Journal, Rosemary has been praised for creating delightful and imaginative picture books. A prolific and popular writer/artist, Wells is acclaimed for her originality, versatility, wry sense of humor, and understanding of both children and the human condition.
In addition to her work as an author and illustrator, Wells is a strong advocate of literacy programs. She has often spoken on behalf of the “Twenty Minutes a Day” campaign, which proposes that parents should spend twenty minutes each day reading to their children.