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Paul O. Zelinsky

Born: Feb 14, 1953

Birthplace: Evanston

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Paul O. Zelinsky

Date of Birth : Feb 14, 1953
Birth Place : Evanston

Paul O. Zelinsky is an American illustrator and writer best known for illustrating children's picture books. He won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Rapunzel. His most popular work is The Wheels on the Bus, a best-selling movable book. Zelinsky had been one Caldecott runner-up in 1985, 1987, and 1995, the latter for Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs. Twenty years later they were joint runners-up for the Phoenix Picture Book Award from the Children's Literature Association, which annually recognizes the best picture book that did not win a major award 20 years earlier. "Books are considered not only for the quality of their illustrations, but for the way pictures and text work together."


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Also known as

  • Paul Zelinsky

Awards Won

  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
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