Happy birthday, Audrey Wood!
Children’s book author Audrey Wood was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 12th, 1948. When she was a toddler, she would watch her father repaint murals for the Ringling Brothers Circus in Florida. In fact, many of the circus performers grew to be her friends. She can remember being rocked in the arms of the fat lady and sitting in the lap of the world’s tallest man when she was a kid!
Both Audrey Wood’s father and grandfather were artists and by first grade she decided to become one too! By fourth grade she wanted to become a children’s book author. Audrey Wood painted, danced, acted, and played music as a child. She and her sisters put on plays for their neighbors and friends in their basement and charged 25 cents for each person who came to the show! Dr. Seuss is her favorite author. She once got into trouble in school for crossing out his name on a book and putting her own in its place!
In 1969, Audrey Wood married Don Wood. He is also a children’s book author and illustrator. They have written many books together; you will see some of these below. It wasn’t until her son, Bruce, was born that Wood decided to pursue her goal to become a children’s author. Since then she has become quite a successful one! Check out some of her books below, all of which are available from the library.