Brian Wildsmith (1930-2016) was an English author and illustrator whose work included picture books, concept books, board books, and wordless books. He also illustrated fiction and poetry and is considered by many critics to be one of the most important and accomplished artists in the field of juvenile literature. His art ranges from vibrant, expressionist paintings to more delicate and modulated works. About his work, he said, “Art is food for the soul, and picture books offer a chance to communicate the importance of things such as kindness, compassion, friendship, and beauty.” Every detail of his illustrations sings with life, seeming to cry out, “I am a beautiful living thing. Your life is precious too.”You can learn more about his life and work at www.brianwildsmith.com.