Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including Caldecott Honorable Mention How Do You Handle A Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, jaw-dropping, creative, gorgeous, superb, extraordinary, interesting, irresistible, engaging, engaging, accessible, glorious, and Informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator Robin Page and their children. Learn more about Steve and his books.
My father was a professor of physics and an astronomer who had researched and taught at various universities. We move frequently. As a kid, I lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, California, and Colorado. Wherever we live, I keep a small group of lizards, turtles, spiders and other animals. I collected rocks and fossils. I built a chemistry lab, and there were lots of horrible smells and loud explosions.
With the help of my father, I assembled the radio, motor and other devices. I also spend a lot of time reading books. My interest in science led me to believe that I would become a scientist myself. However, at the last minute, I decided to go to an art school in North Carolina to study graphic design. After graduating, I moved to New York City to work in advertising and design, first at large companies and then at our own small design firm with my wife, Robin Page.
Our daughter was born in 1986 and our first son was born two years later. Robin and I started reading to our children when they were a few months old. We continued to read to them almost every night until my daughter was a teenager.
In many ways, this is the best part of the day. Reading to my own kids got me thinking about writing my own picture book and drawing illustrations. Our youngest son was born a few years after we moved to Colorado in 1994, providing us with new readers and a source of book ideas.
For me, making books represents the joyful intersection of children, science, art, my design collaboration with Robin, and my lifelong love of reading.