I was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up with four sisters and two brothers. Childhood was a time spent playing outdoors catching crickets and climbing trees until dark. Baseball was my favorite sport. Life wasn't all fun and games though. At the tender age of five I was carted off to school. I cried the first day of kindergarten. Things began to look up by 1st grade, however. A drawing of mine, Horse with Feedbag was tacked up on the bulletin board. Who knew I could draw! I ended up studying art at Wayne State University and graduated with a degree in printmaking. Becoming a father meant weekly trips to the library with my daughter. I was re-introduced to the wonderful world of children's books. I had learned to read with Dick and Jane. My how things change! Seeing all the wonderful art gave me an idea. My first attempts at story writing were politely rejected with the standard form letter. But through perseverance EEK! There’s a Mouse in the House was plucked out of the slush pile by Houghton Mifflin. To think, Curious George and I under the same roof! That was in 1992. Nowadays I keep life simple by focusing on the 3 Rs: reading, riting (this is why we have copy editors!), and riding (my bicycle, that is). It all adds up to adventure, and hopefully, between the covers of another picture book. My early reader, Mouse and Mole Fine Feathered Friends received a 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.

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ARTICLES

Detroit Free Press | Silly Rhymes Plus Bright Pictures=Fun | Cathy Collison

Detroit News | EEK! Troy Artist Turns Over New Leaf Writing Kid Books | Susan Pollack

New York Times Book Review | Fireman Small | Karen W. Gilbert 

Style Magazine | Wee Readers | Linda Bachrack

The Daily Tribune | Artist Finds Success on the Pages of Children’s Books | Ron Bernas

Something About the Author | Volume 115 | Gale Group

Troy Eccentric | Artistic Influences | Annette Kingsbury

Oakland Press | Children's Author Will Share Secrets | Diana Dillaber Murray

Wayne State Magazine | An Artist in the House | Jim McFarlin

New York Times Book Review | Tracks in the Snow | Dennis Duffy 

New York Times Book Review | Summer Days and Nights | Pamela Paul 

Oakland Press | Local Authors Express Joy for Life in Children's Books | Stephanie Preweda


INTERVIEWS

Three Silly Chicks | In the Coop with Wong Herbert Yee

Bees Knees Reads | Interview with Wong Herbert Yee

Jumping the Candlestick | Michigander Monday: Wong Herbert Yee 


AWARDS

Big Black Bear | 1993 American Bookseller’s “Pick of the Lists”

Fireman Small | 1994 American Bookseller’s “Pick of the Lists”

Fireman Small | 1997 Parents Choice Gold Award

Mrs. Brown Went to Town | 1997 IRA-CBC Children’s Choices

Fireman Small to the Rescue | 1998 NAPPA Honor Award

Sergeant Hippo’s Busy Week | 1998 NAPPA Honor Award

Hooray for Truckmice! | 2000 Parent Guide Children's Media Award

Here Come Trainmice! | 2000 Parent Guide Children's Media Award

Hamburger Heaven | 2000 IRA-CBC Children’s Choices

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole | 2006 Toy Oppenheim Gold Award

Who Likes Rain? | 2007 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

Who Likes Rain? | 2007 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

Who Likes Rain? | 2008 CCBC Choice

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole | 2008 Maryland Blue Crab Award

Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends | 2010 Theodor Geisel Honor Award

Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends | 2010 ALA Notable Children's Books

Mouse and Mole a Winter Wonderland 2010 Toy Oppenheim Gold Award


EXHIBITIONS

The City Gallery | Children’s Book Illustrators 

The Bookbeat Gallery | Wong Herbert Yee 

Elizabeth Stone Gallery | Tenth Anniversary Show 

Grand Valley State University | Art of Contemporary Children's Book Illustration 

The Bookbeat Gallery | Wong Herbert Yee and Lynne Rae Perkins 

Children's Hospital of Michigan | Wong Herbert Yee 

Society of Illustrators | The Original Art Show 2007

Alfred Berkowitz Gallery | Timeless Treasures: Children's Book Illustration

Society of Illustrators
 | The Original Art Show 2012