Even people who do not read picture books or visit art galleries are likely to have encountered the work of artist and illustrator Wendell G. Minor. In addition to providing the illustrations to works by some of the most noted children's book authors, including Jean Craighead George and Alice Schertle, Minor has created cover art for such bestsellers as historian David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, Pat Conroy's novel Beach Music, and LaVyrle Spencer's Small Town Girl. Commissioned by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) to record the lift-off of the space shuttle Discovery, Minor has also created several postcard stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. His style, which has been lauded for its classic elements, graces books such as Red Fox Running, Julie, and a collection of poetry by Carl Sandburg titled Grassroots, as well as Minor's own work, Grand Canyon.
A Past President of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Wendell currently lives in rural Connecticut with his wife and business partner Florence Friedmann Minor, a former film editor for ABC television. Their first picture book collaboration entitled “Christmas Tree!” was published in 2005. Wendell and Florence share their home, and studio, with their cats Sofie and Cindercat.
Wendell Minor is also a member of The Children’s Book Council (CBC), a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children’s books.