STEPHEN T. JOHNSON’s inventive children’s books explore a wide range of subject matter and concepts that stimulate playful yet profoundly rich engagement through words, art and ideas. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, two New York Times Best Illustrated book of the Year awards, three ALA Notables, two Gold and two Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and the 2004 Governor’s Art Award for Individual Artist by former Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius.

His drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections including those of musician Paul Simon and actress Cherry Jones, and in the permanent collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Among his public art is a 66-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York, a 58-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City Metro Station in Los Angeles, California, and 33 glass panels for the Dallas Love Field Airport, in Dallas, Texas.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • ALPHABET CITY, Viking Penguin Putnam (1995) – A 1996 Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Award, A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, A Horn Book Fanfare, Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Award, Parents Magazine’s Best Books of 1995, A New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Horn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal, A 1996 Children’s Book of Distinction by Hungry Mind Review, Children’s Book of the Year and marked for Outstanding Merit by The Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Committee, Wisconsin Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature, A 1996 Children’s Books Mean Business ABA-CBC, featured in its entirety on ABC’s Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden, Gold and Silver Medals from The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY