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Melissa Sweet

Biography

Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet grew up in a suburban neighborhood that had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy's candy store right nearby. Later she received her Associate’s Degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sweet began illustrating children's books in 1986 and has illustrated more than 60 books. A SPLASH OF RED: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, won the 2014 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Children and was a 2014 ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book.
 
Her work can also be seen in magazines, on posters, children's toys and food packaging. Sweet’s signature style of whimsical watercolors is often enhanced by collage art when she finds objects and details that are appropriate to the story.
 
Sweet lives with her husband and step-daughter in a small coastal Maine village near a working harbor. Above her drafting table there’s a quote from the poet Mary Oliver: “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” 

Melissa Sweet

Books by Melissa Sweet

written by Paul B. Janeczko with illustrations by Melissa Sweet - Children's, Poetry
Celebrated poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems to sample and savor. It only takes a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow.
written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson with illustrations by Melissa Sweet - Animals , Children's 4-8, Education, Nature, Picture, Science

Squawk! Hiss! Grr! Roar! Big, small, black, brown --- all kinds of animals make their home in our world. From the jungle to the mountains to your own backyard, listen and you just might hear the sounds they make!

Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple with illustrations by Melissa Sweet - Family, Fiction

As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors. The soothing refrain of “you nest here with me” eases her little one and readers alike to slumber.

Written by Jen Bryant with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. - Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions --- and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time. Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet - Children's, Fairy Tale, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of LITTLE RED WRITING, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)... and saves the day.

written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet - Art, Biography, Culture

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint!