Rosemary Wells was born in New York City and raised on the New Jersey shore. She grew up in a home that was always filled with books, dogs, classical music, and other things her parents held in great esteem.
Speaking about her youth, Rosemary recalls, “New Jersey was farm country, and I spent much of my time outdoors, running around the woods behind our house and playing baseball with the neighbor’s kids. I spent a lot of time with animals, horses, and dogs. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York City. I was born during a golden age of childhood in our country’s history. And I was lucky because my parents were happy and they supported all that I wanted to do. They had both been in the theater and understood the arts from the inside. We had a houseful of wonderful books. Reading stories aloud was as much a part of my childhood as the air I breathed.”
At two years old Rosemary began to draw. When she was not outdoors, she was always drawing. At nineteen, she attended Boston Museum School. Rosemary worked seven years in publishing before her first book was published in 1968, an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s A Song to Sing, O!
Rosemary’s career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. She has won numerous awards, and she has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two definitive editions, and created an unforgettable world for grown-ups and kids alike in Voyage to the Bunny Planet. Her recent book, Hand in Hand, is meant to give a lift to Parents at Risk, who rarely see poetry or beautiful pictures.
Holt Books for Young Readers
In this sweet and heartfelt picture book, renowned author-illustrator Rosemary Wells celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning: talking and walking, feeding and reading, playing and dreaming, and more.
Lassie Come-HomeEric Knight’s Original 1938 Classic in a New Picture-Book Edition
Rosemary Well's and Eric Knight's heartfelt tale of the noble collie Lassie, first published in 1938, receives a worthy new incarnation as a picture book in this splendid collaboration.
The Young Writer’s Workshop The Young Writer’s Workshop is based in the Columbia Teachers College program and guides young writers. It teaches them techniques such as organizing random subject matter to make a coherent, readable whole.
The Young Artist’s Workshop Drawing on over 40 years of artistic expertise, Rosemary shares her studio techniques and shows how children can use these techniques, too. Rosemary inspires young artists to continue their artistic development. This workshop is adaptable to a one day presentation or even a week long residence.
- Jennifer Hogenboom, Savannah Country Day Lower School
"I just wanted to thank you for being a speaker at our one-day conference. You were wonderful, and the participants really enjoyed you. You are a wonderful, caring person, which is evident in your message. Please continue to do all you can to support our parents. We will share the video with others, and hope, like you, to share your important message with those we encounter. May you be blessed for all the good you do for so many people."
- Lynne, Read to Me International
"Rosemary Wells did a fabulous job teaching us about her entire creative process. She showed us her studio, how she has a warm up routine, what inspires her, and how she gathers ideas... It was all very inspiring, but the most awe inspiring part was when she showed photos of her 5 year old granddaughter using the same materials as she was and produced beautiful, amazing pieces of art too! All the children who attended had lots of questions and comments... The children were thrilled to know she created her characters from her own life experiences. They left knowing they could write about their own experiences, they could create characters based on the people they know, and they could practice writing and drawing to become better and better at it. There were smiles all around!"
- First Grade Teacher, Savannah Country Day Lower School