hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Will Hillenbrand

Will Hillenbrand is a celebrated author and illustrator whose published works include nearly sixty books for young readers. In addition to his own self-illustrated titles, he has illustrated the works of writers and retellers including Verna Aardema, Judy Sierra, Margery Cuyler, Judith St. George, Phyllis Root, Jane Yolen, Karma Wilson, Maureen Wright, Daniel Pinkwater and Jane Hillenbrand. Will has lived almost all of his life in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he grew up as the youngest of four boys. He now lives in Terrace Park. (Pictured here taking his first pull of the day of strong black coffee.)


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Coffee black, so strong it makes the day brighter. Like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee best!

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Bear and Bunny, written by Daniel Pinkwater (Candlewick Press, December 2015)All for a Dime: A Bear and Mole Story (Holiday House, July 2015). Forthcoming: Me and Annie McPhee, written by Olivier Dunrea (Philomel, June 2016).

☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Please Say Please!: Penguin’s Guide to Manners, written by Margery Cuyler (Scholastic, 2004). 

☕ Visit Will Hillenbrand’s Official Website

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Book Trailer for Bear and Bunny


☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Visit Will in his studio:



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20 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Will Hillenbrand

  1. I love the studio music! I was transported to afternoons watching Mr. Rogers, seeing some artist Do Their Thing with quiet music going on. I loved, when I was a kid, imagining that I could do the same thing… and, well, now I know better, but it was still pretty cool watching this artist.

    Also, it’s so TIDY. It’s… making me feel like I need to do some tidying in MY office…!

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  2. Another Brew-La-La for sure!
    I have Bear and Bunny in my stack of library books as I type! Been there for weeks, as I keep renewing and rereading! The text and illustrations are just amazing! Just put All for a dime! : A Bear and Mole Story on hold!
    Love the studio video. Very fun and oh! what a space!

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  3. Enjoyed meeting Will. I think Ali Baba will be a great book for my grandson James. Bear and Bunny will be loved by Evelyn Mae. Love the art and reading all about Will on his Blog. Thanks, Jama.


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