Interview with Tom Lichtenheld

Tom Lichtenheld

Tom Lichtenheld is the talented illustrator behind many of your family's favorite books including Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Steam Train, Dream Train, Sing, I Wish You More, and Duck! Rabbit! to name a few.

Tom's illustrating career began when his nephew wrote a letter asking his Uncle Tom to draw his favorite thing: a pirate. That letter inspired his first book.

Over twenty years later, Tom is still creating books with a child's perspective in mind. I think we share the sentiments of many, many children and parents by wanting to send a huge "Thank You!" to his nephew for inspiring Tom's debut into the world of children's literature.

Parents, be on the lookout for some of Tom's forthcoming work, which he mentions at the end of the interview. One of his latest projects is "Groovy Joe," a series by Tom and Eric Litwin. Their first book, 'Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs' was released this week. The second book in the series is on his drawing board right now.

Groovy Joe

Tom was kind enough to answer some questions about his work, motivation, and how we as parents can inspire our children to lead creative lives. Here is our interview with Tom Lichtenheld:

You have an incredibly impressive body of work, including six NY Times best sellers. Do you have a favorite or particularly special book that you’ve created?

Books are like children – I try not to have favorites – but some are special, and for different reasons. ‘Everything I Know About Pirates’ will always be special because it was my first b