Merrill Rainey

Growing up, Merrill Rainey spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes, and going on imaginary adventures with his brothers. Today, he is a cowboy-boot-wearing, award-winning illustrator, designer, and paper engineer. His most recent books include Color, Cut, CreateDinosaur World, and Color, Cut, Create • Horse Ranch published by Odd Dot an imprint of Macmillan Publishing. Merrill is also the author and Illustrator for a new board book series with HarperCollins. The first book Roar! I’m a Dinosaur launches June 21, 2022, the second book Oink! I’m a Pig launches September 6th, 2022. Merrill works for many children’s magazines like Highlights, Cricket, Ranger Rick, and Humpty Dumpty. He has served on faculty at the Highlights Foundation retreat center and is currently the illustrator coordinator for the Northern Ohio chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit him online at littlerainey.com or follow him on instagram @littlerainey.