Matt was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1975. He grew up in Winchester, a suburb just outside of Boston.
Matt wrote and illustrated his first picture book, Sebastian’s Ball, as his senior thesis at Bates College. Three years later, after much revision, Sebastian’s Ball became Zachary’s Ball, his first published picture book. Zachary’s Ball went on to win an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine’s 40 Classic New England Children’s Books.
Since then, Matt has written and illustrated several award-winning books, including Becoming Babe Ruth, There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, Henry Aaron’s Dream, and Mudball. Matt is also the illustrator of Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child, The Gingerbread Pirates, written by Kristin Kladstrup, Lady Liberty: A Biography, written by Doreen Rappaport, among others.
Matt’s books have won several awards, including four Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, an Oppenheim Platinum Award, four Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, and an Orbis Pictus Award for Oustanding Nonfiction for Children. His books have also garnered starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Mazza Museum of Picture Bok Art.
Matt lives in Maine with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters.