Gail Gibbons was born and raised in Illinois. She earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Illinois and worked as a commercial artist for several years before illustrating her first book. Her first work for a children’s audience came when she did the graphics for a network television show called “Take a Giant Step”.
Gibbons is well known for creating books that take information about a common object or subject, like the moon or trains, and breaks it down into easy to understand pieces. Her illustrations are bright and informative; utilizing the color and design techniques she first developed working in television.
Gibbons now lives in Vermont and has published over 130 books on topics that range from The Reasons for Seasons to Corn and Trains to the moon.
In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Gail Gibbons discusses how she comes up with the idea for her books and the daunting task of explaining complex topics in a few pages.