Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eugene Yelchin

by Oksana Lushchevska, The Pennsylvania State University 

Eugene Yelchin (1956) is a Russian-born illustrator and writer best known for illustrating picture books for children. He grew up in Saint Petersburg and graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theater Arts in 1979. Before Yelchin left the former Soviet Union in 1983, he worked as a set, costume and poster designer for theatres. After his arriving to Boston, he became an illustrator. He attended the graduate film program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Yelchin is a recipient of the Tomie DePaola Illustrator Award (2006) and the National Jewish Book Council Award in 2010. Yelchin has illustrated a number of books including Dog Parade by Barbara Joosse, The Next Door Bear by Mary Kuryla, Won Ton,  A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wordlaw, and others.

His debut novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose was just named a 2012 Newbery Medal Winner by the American Library Association. This book is also an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and one of "The Best Children’s Books of 2011" according to the Horn Book Magazine.

Yelchin’s official website: http://www.eugeneyelchinbooks.com/

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