Black & White Ball poster
Pharoah eating an apple
John Manders was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. His interests include puppetry (he studied that at Syracuse University College) and trying to speak Italian.
John's work is featured in over 65 children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines. He's a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. John was also their first president.
John's incredible work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and he was honored in the 25-year retrospective of Cricket magazine covers, held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. That year, he was also a participant at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. In May, 2006 he was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. John was recently awarded the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award in the Best in Book Illustration division, 2012.
John is a promoter of literacy and has been a keynote speaker at several reading and librarian association conferences.