David Wisniewski (Children’s Author) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


David R. Wisniewski, was an American writer and illustrator best known for children’s books.

Born: 21, 1953, England
Died: 11, 2002, Alexandria, Virginia
Notable works: Golem
Notable awards: Caldecott Medal (1997), for Golem
Years active: 1985–2002
Children: Ariana, Alexander

About David Wisniewski

Most famous for his 1997 Caldecott Medal-winning work Golem, this children’s author and illustrator also penned Sumo Mouse, Tough Cookie, and other popular books for young readers.

Before Fame

After briefly attending the University of Maryland, he enrolled at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College and later worked for Prince George’s Country Puppet Theatre.


When his children were young, he became a full-time writer.

Family Life

He was born in England, and he later lived in Maryland and Virginia, U.S.A. He and his wife, Donna Harris, founded an educational touring puppet troupe known as the Clarion Shadow Theatre.


He and fellow writer and illustrator Kevin Henkes were both recipients of the prestigious Caldecott Medal for children’s literature.

Information related to David Wisniewski

  • Caldecott Medal winners
  • American children’s book illustrators

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