Mercer Mayer is the writer and illustrator for Little Critter First Readers, as well as Little Critter Spectrum. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.
“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."
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. He and his wife, Gina, write the Little Critter stories together. They live in New England.
In 2007, Mercer Mayer was chosen to be the National Book Festival Artist of the Year.