About Paul O. Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and reteller of Rapunzel and a three-time Caldecott Honoree. His illustration work includes Swamp Angel, The Wheels on the Bus, the Toys Go Out series, and Z Is for Moose.

“Dear Mr. Zelinsky”


This is a lesson in overcoming assumptions. The mail I receive from readers trends strongly to the appreciative; it’s rare that anything remotely critical comes in, so I’m sure I’m completely spoiled. When I read this letter from a class near Philadelphia and saw that they were questioning a scene in the background of one […]

Studio Views: Why I Use Oil Paints So Much


I like to think that the story I’m illustrating tells me what medium to use on it. And I have used quite a few materials over the years. But there does seem to be a preponderance of oil paints on the roster. Could this represent an actual preference on my part? I’ve had to sit […]