Sunday, December 25, 2011


Today's Christmas edition of the New York Times Book Review features a bunch of my spots.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Connecticut Children's Book Fair

Stefanie, Chloë and I drove up to the University of Connecticut to attend the Connecticut Children's Book Fair, November 12-13. Fair organizers Terri Goldich and Suzy Staubach hosted a wonderful dinner at the Nathan Hale Inn where Mo Willems, Matt Tavares, Wendell Minor, Tommie dePaola and I expressed our gratitude by drawing all over the plates, cups and silverware. Terri and Suzy confiscated the doodled dinnerware and donated it to the Dodd Center.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'll be speaking, along with Marla Frazee and Paul Zelinsky, at the Society of Illustrators in New York City next month.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

2011 Target Children's Book Festival

I'll be appearing at the Target Children's Book Festival in Minneapolis on September 10, 2011 along with Peter Brown, Nancy Carlson, Bob Shea, and Olympic gold medalist (and children's book author) Kristi Yamaguchi. Yeah, you betcha!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I was happy to get a call last week from Brad Walters, art director of the Health and Science section of the Washington Post. The assignment appears in today's paper.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Double Bill

I had the great privilege of reading and signing books yesterday at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn with author/illustrator Frank Viva. His new book, Along a Long Road, is just lovely.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Walrus celebrates literacy

This year, Scholastic launched a global literacy campaign: “Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life”. Yesterday, I had the great privilege of joining 11 other artists marking the event, and we spent the day wining, dining and signing at the company headquarters in New York. Each of us created posters for the campaign, and original lithographs of the images were auctioned off. One of the posters had a Big Red Dog on it... and looked vaguely familiar. That's right. Norman Bridwell, who turned 83 this year, was there in attendance, along with his darling wife, Norma. Meeting the couple was an honor and a pleasure, and I was humbled to discover that Norman created Clifford in 1963— two years before I was born!
The poster posse: L to R: Jon J. Muth (Zen Shorts), Mary GranPré (Harry Potter), Norman Bridwell (Clifford the Big Red Dog), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Bruce Degan (The Magic School Bus), Barbara McClintock (Our Abe Lincoln), Ed Fotheringham (Tony Baloney), David Shannon (No, David), Jeff Smith (Bone), Sean Qualls (Dizzy), Mark Teague (LaRue) and (gulp) me. Photo credit: Stuart Ramson.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brooklyn's in the house!

I spent the morning at the Brooklyn Public Library, speaking to 200 kindergardeners, first graders and second graders from PS 9 and PS 282. Thanks to my gracious hosts Paquita Campoverde and Judy Zuckerman.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Fathers Are Coming Home to Bank Street

Last year, I illustrated Margaret Wise Brown's lost text, The Fathers Are Coming Home. I'm delighted to report that the Bank Street College of Education just included the picture book in their 2011 Best Children's Books of the Year. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3 starred reviews for Where's Walrus?

“Refreshing, captivating, elegant and witty.”
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The satisfyingly circular ending gives Where’s Walrus? a flipper up
on that guy in the striped shirt.”
-- Horn Book (starred review)

“Younger children will giggle at his visual gags”.
-- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“An especially funny and stylishly retro-looking option for this
nursery-school crowd.”
-- The Wall Street Journal

“[Where's Walrus?] allows young readers to feel one-up on the adult who’s supposedly in charge. What more could any child want?”
-- The Washington Post

“It's a thrill of the chase for all.”
-- Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Library visit

The kindergartners and first graders of the Brooklyn Charter School joined me in the Marcy Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library last week for a reading. Thanks to my host librarian Bobby Simic.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

School Visit

I paid a visit last week to Columbia Grammar and Prep School in Manhattan. I enjoyed spending almost 2 full days there, and at the end of the visit, was presented with wonderful drawings of Walrus by the kindergartners. My gracious hosts, librarians Nancy Seklir, Naomi Toder and Heather Talty, made me feel right at home.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Love and Money

Carol Edgarian’s new book is called “Three Stages of Amazement”. Here’s my illustration for the book that appears in today's New York Times Book Review.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Talkin' (and drawin') trash on the op-ed page

I got messy today on the op-ed page of the New York Times today for an article about the University of Arizona's newly formed National Institute for Civil Discourse. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

'Reading' Where's Walrus?

Abbey at Aesthetic Outburst posted these wonderful photos of her daughter and Walrus. Who says books need words!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Where's Walrus? On the Town!

Scholastic launched Where's Walrus? with a wonderful press party on February 17 in the company's greenhouse.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Walrus Spotted!

Walrus has been spotted at Scholastic's offices in Manhattan. Looks like they put him to work.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bowled Over

"American exceptionalism is alive and thriving on Super Bowl Sunday...", wrote Robert Lipsyte on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times last Sunday. This was my accompanying illustration.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Where's Walrus? Book Trailer

Steve Heller blogs: "My favorite illustrated children’s book of the year (I know we’re only a month into it) Stephen Savage’s Where’s Walrus? (Scholastic) is a delightfully graphic romp through the city with a runaway walrus. And here is an equally delightful video of Savage’s errant beast. Take that Waldo!" (the trailer was created by David Franklin of Artisanal Television).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My dog, My Illustration

Trinka, my faithful Belgian Shepherd, served as the model for the dog in my illustration that appears in today's business section of the New York Times.