This (I)NTERVIEW is from October 11, 2011.
Over the last thirty years, Nancy Tafuri, author and illustrator of children’s books, has authored more than 45 books. After taking a children’s book illustration class in college, she knew this was her passion. Once her daughter was born, Nancy’s work became more personal and her love for creating children’s books grew. Her beautiful illustrations, which are often based on her pets and family, have captured the imaginations of young children for generations. One of her most popular books, Have You Seen My Duckling? was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1985.
Along with numerous other achievements, Nancy has helped change the perceptions around children’s picture books. When she first began her career, Nancy was told her illustrations were too graphic and big for young children. Never giving up on her dreams, her talent was finally recognized at Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins Publishers.
Nancy Tafuri grew up in New York and currently lives in Connecticut where she enjoys working in her studio and spending time with her family.