Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
B.A., Art Center College of Design
Caldecott Honor for No, David!, 1999
|A Little Dickens|
|Shannon cited Charles Dickens as one of his favorite writers in our interview: "I love his great characters (and their names), his understanding of human nature and his sense of redemption and retribution," says the artist. His affection for the Victorian writer is also clear in his work: The little dickens in his story, it turns out, goes to Dickens Elementary School. |
|The Best Book to Read First||The Book That Inspired Shannon|
Shannon gained fans when he repurposed some drawings he had made as a five-year-old, portraying a jack-o'-lantern-like boy doing all the things he's not supposed to do. Mom's admonishments follow David as he wreaks havoc on the household, but the book ends on a sweet note.
|The Boy's King Arthur|
Sidney Lanier, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
We asked Shannon to tell us about the book that influenced his life the most, and the author picked this classic Middle Ages tale, as rendered by the legendary illustrator Wyeth. "It introduced me to Wyeth’s paintings and opened my eyes to book illustration," Shannon says.