Tomorrow I’m bringing you a fine illustrator of children’s books as my Featured Guest. Brad Sneed has done some outstanding work. If you aren’t familiar with his books, I hope you’ll take some time to get acquainted with them before Brad comes on stage tomorrow. Here’s a bio he supplied.
Brad Sneed grew up near Newton, Kansas. An artist from an early age, what he really wanted to be when he grew up was a cowboy or a football player. Somewhere along the way, he decided his odds of making a living were better as an artist, so he went to Kansas University to study illustration.
After graduation, Brad began illustrating his first picture book. Nearly two years crept by before the UPS driver delivered a box of brand new copies of Grandpa’s Song. It was official…he was now a REAL Picture Book Illustrator! Twenty-plus years later, his heart still flutters when the UPS driver shows up at his door with a big box of books from the publisher!
Brad Sneed has illustrated more than twenty picture books. Titles include, Smoky Mountain Rose, When Wishes Were Horses, The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, Big Bad Wolves at School, and Mr. President Goes to School. He authored Lucky Russell, and Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper, and retold Thumbelina, and a collection of Aesop’s Fables. In 2007, Brad joined two others to form, MarbleSpark, a company specializing in publishing personalized picture books. Their first title, Following Featherbottom is now available from the company’s website.
Brad lives in Prairie Village, Kansas with his wife and daughter. He can’t imagine a better job than illustrating and writing and picture books…. although sometimes he still daydreams of being a cowboy or a football player!