Neil’s paintings and prints are included in prestigious collections around the world. His works have garnered him many honors, including a gold medal from the United Nations. Neil has also designed postage stamps for thirteen nations. He has illustrated nearly 50 books, and is also the writer of many of the most recent books. His books for children have won many awards, including the Washington Irving Award (Bring Back the Deer, The Highwayman), the Parents Choice Award (Nessa’s Story), the Christopher Award (The Gold Coin), and the National Jewish Book Award (Next Year in Jerusalem). His illustrations and designs have graced the covers of a number of Newbery winners, including Hatchet, The Winter Room, and A Fine White Dust. Neil’s memoir, Out of the Shadows: An Artist’s Journey, was published by Boyds Mills Press in 2006. Neil holds a B.F.A. and an M.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, Neil founded the Fred Dolan Art Academy in the Bronx, a free preparatory school for underprivileged high school artists. During its first six years, seventeen students graduated from the academy. Today, all seventeen are attending art college. He is currently an art instructor for the State University of New York at the Westchester Art Workshop. You may read more about Neil at www.NeilWaldman.com.