Meet the Illustrator

Ron Himler

Portrait of Ron Himler

Ron Himler attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he majored in painting and illustration and minored in sculpture. He also studied painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. After art school, he held many different jobs — at one point, he was a sculptor in the research and development department of a car company, and later he founded and served as headmaster of a school in North Carolina. He has also traveled quite a bit and has done research at many important art museums in Europe.

Himler illustrated his first children's book in 1972. Since then, he has illustrated more than 75 books for children and hundreds of book covers for young adult novels. His illustrations have earned many awards, including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

The author of the book Katie's Trunk uses descriptions and specific words to let the reader know that the story is set in an earlier time. Ron Himler uses the details in his illustrations to indicate the setting. How do you know from the pictures alone that the story takes place in another time? Talk about these details with a friend.

Ron Himler
You can learn more about Ron Himler at his Web site.

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Other Books Illustrated by Ron Himler

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
    (written by Eleanor Coerr)
  • Nettie's Trip South
    (written by Ann Warren Turner)
  • Dakota Dugout
    (written by Ann Warren Turner)
  • Winter Holding Spring
    (written by Crescent Dragonwagon)
  • The Wall
    (written by Eve Bunting)
  • The Day It Rained Forever: A Story of the Johnstown Flood
    (written by Virginia Gross)
  • Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco
    (written by Kathleen Kudlinski)
  • The Navajos: A First Americans Book
    (written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve)
  • Lone Star: A Story of the Texas Rangers
    (written by Kathleen Kudlinski)
  • Squish! A Wetland Walk
    (written by Nancy Luenn)
  • Steal Away Home
    (written by Lois Ruby)
  • Sara's City
    (written by Sue Alexander)
  • The Roses in My Carpets
    (written by Rukhsana Khan)
  • Redcoats and Petticoats
    (written by Katherine Kirkpatrick)
  • Train to Somewhere
    (written by Eve Bunting)