John Sandford

About the Author

John Sandford grew up in Pontiac, Illinois, the fourth of five children. He studied drawing and painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and illustrated his first picture book in 1978. Since then, he has illustrated a variety of children's books from non-fiction to folktales, including Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?, Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux, and Oak Leaf, which he also wrote.

                John lives with his wife, Frances, in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, where most days, they walk the paths of the river and parks. Their favorite hours are spent with their daughter, Eleanor, and her husband, Jacques. You can explore more of John’s work at

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