One of our favorite author/illustrators is Timothy Basil Ering, a great friend of RES. Tim visited us last week to meet with each grade level as part of our annual Reading Celebration. He shared his ideas about art, the world and life with a very enthusiastic audience. Check out his video shout-out to RES.
For those of you new to his work, here is a brief biography from the Reading Rockets website. That link also contains a video interview with Tim about becoming a children's book illustrator.
Timothy Basil Ering grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with water, boats, and fisherman all around him. He remembers vividly when he was able to read a book the whole way through all by himself. That book was Green Eggs and Ham, and Dr. Seuss remains one of his great inspirations, teaching Ering that you can be wildly silly and thoughtful at the same time.
Ering studied at the Art Center College of Design in California, before setting sail as a boatswainsmate aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, traveling to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Africa. When he returned from his world travels, he decided to return to his art and try to make a living at it.
He illustrated his first children's book in 2001 (Sad Doggy) which was quickly followed by the enormously successful Newbery winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, originally published with black and white pencil drawings and later in a full-color specially bound edition. The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Necks Out for Adventure gave Ering a chance to write as well as illustrate. All of his picture books reveal an inventive, experimental approach to the process of painting and drawing.
When Ering is not busy creating art and stories for children's books, you can find him in the studio painting images of fish, seascapes, and landscapes that reflect his life on the New England shore. Ering's artwork has appeared in magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries.
This list of selected titles is also from the Reading Rockets website. Many of Tim's books are available in the RES library.