Little Rock, AR
Mercer Mayer is the writer and illustrator of the Little Critter First Readers, as well as the Little Critter Spectrum. He began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966 and he has published more than 300 titles. His award-winning work features dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.
Mercer Mayer was born in Arkansas in 1943. When he was thirteen years old, his family moved to Hawaii. After high school, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and then he went to New York City and the Art Students League.
"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children and grandchildren. They always remind me of what it is like to be little."
In 2007, Mercer Mayer was chosen to be the National Book Festival Artist of the Year. He and his wife, Gina, write the Little Critter stories together. They live in New England.