John Sandford

John Sandford has worked in children's publishing for more than 30 years and has spent the last seven years as an art director with Cricket Magazine Group/ePals Media. He enjoys the variety of assignments and modes of storytelling, working in a variety of styles to suit the mood and flavor of the words.  His research has taken him to South Dakota to learn about the Lakota Sioux, Pennsylvania to study the world of the Old Order Amish, and Northern Wisconsin to interview the Terrible Hodag. Booklist said of his illustrations in Snug, “Sandford captures the warmth of the domestic scenes to perfection, but his beautiful, mysterious pictures of outdoors at night will be even more fascinating to preschoolers." Sandford’s work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, CBC selections, and a Parent’s Choice Gold medal among other honors. John lives in Chicago with his wife Frances, and daughter Eleanor.

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