You may not recognize his name, but fans of classic children’s art and magical stories certainly know his work.
The award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret  will celebrate a birthday tomorrow, July 11th.
Hugo Cabret is the first of his characters to come alive in a movie—in the 2012 box office hit Hugo .
Born in New Jersey, Selznick says he can’t remember a time when he WASN’T drawing. He even did a one-man show of his work when he was in Junior High!
Selznick has always been fascinated by magic and mythology. His first book, The Houdini Box , had him imagining what it would be like if the great Houdini had given a young boy a mysterious box!
His wonderful illustrations have been used in both novels and picture books for other writers, too. My favorite is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride  by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is an imagined story of what happened the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane. It’s a great story, and the art is amazing!
For a real treat, check out Selznick’s most recent novel, the 2012 Schneider Family Award Book, Wonderstruck , and watch how he magically weaves words and pictures together.
Great reads for summer days!