Earl Bradley Lewis was born in Philadelphia, PA.
Inspired by two artist uncles, Earl Bradley Lewis displayed artistic promise as early as the third grade. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday morning Temple University School of Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art. There he discovered that his medium of preference was watercolor.
During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in graphic design and illustration as well as art education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, Lewis teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia.
In 1992, E.B. began painting illustrations for the book, Fire on the Mountain, and his career as an “Artistrator” was launched. To date E.B. Lewis has illustrated more than fifty picture books and has received numerous awards, including a 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner for Talkin’ About Bessie; a 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for The Bat Boy and His Violin; a 2005 Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon; and a 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for The Negro Speaks of Rivers.