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Author photo. Paul O. Zelinsky with his latest book, Dust Devil, at the 2010 Baltimore Book Festival. ©2010

Paul O. Zelinsky with his latest book, Dust Devil, at the 2010 Baltimore Book Festival. ©2010

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Paul O. Zelinsky (born 1953) is an American illustrator and writer best known for illustrating children's picture books. He won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Rapunzel. His most popular work is The Wheels on the Bus, a best-selling movable book.

Zelinsky had been one Caldecott runner-up in 1985, 1987, and 1995, the latter for Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs (Dutton, 1994). Twenty years later, they were joint runners-up for the Phoenix Picture Book Award from the Children's Literature Association, which annually recognizes the best picture book that did not win a major award 20 years earlier. "Books are considered not only for the quality of their illustrations, but for the way pictures and text work together." [from Paul O. Zelinsky in Wikipedia]
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