Larry Day is the award-winning illustrator of both fiction and non-fiction. His 2014 release: Lion Lion, by Miriam Busch, Balzer + Bray (NPR’s Best Books For 2014, an Illinois Reads Selection for 2015, an Indie Bound Next List and Junior Library Guild Selection). His second picture book with Miriam Busch for Balzer + Bray is titled “Raisin, The Littlest Cow.” Day’s recent title, Nice Work, Franklin! a picture book about FDR, is his third by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain for Dial, February, 2016. He is also currently working on “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” his third by Kay Winters, Dial, 2017.
Day also illustrated Not Afraid Of Dogs by Suzanna Pitzer winner of the 2006 Golden Kite Award; Colonial Voices, Hear Them Speak winner of 7 state awards, and Voices From The Oregon Trail both by Kay Winters; he has illustrated Duel! Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s Deadly War Of Words and Let It Begin Here! First Battles of the American Revolution both by Dennis Fradin; George Did It! and Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain; Bye-Bye, Baby by Richard Morris; Nanook & Pryce by Ned Crowley; and Civil War Drummer Boy by Verla Kay.
Larry Day was born and raised in Gibson City, Illinois, a rural farming community where he flunked high school Art. He received an Associate’s Degree in commercial art, and worked as a staff artist for pinball and video games before becoming a storyboard artist and picture book illustrator. Day is the recipient of 3 Gold medals from the Society Of Illustrators, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Not Afraid Of Dogs.