Kristy Caldwell is an illustrator based in Brooklyn. She illustrates books for kids and has a history of providing graphic art for theatre companies. She is married to theater director Kelly O'Donnell, and shares a studio with a gang of great illustrators: Ben Voldman, Chi Birmingham, Hyesu Lee, and Rumi Hara.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are the books you've illustrated so different from each other?

A: I think it comes from being a reader of all kinds of books: books with heroes, books without heroes, books set on other planets, books about things that already happened on this planet, suspenseful books, quiet books. I like the idea of creating books as wild and diverse as the ones I read, while still being true to my own point of view.

Q: Why do you illustrate on the computer?

A: I use a range of materials. For me, the main benefits of working digitally are speed and flexibility. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the creative options, so I try to use digital tools in a straightforward way.


Recent interviews and press

Children’s Book Council
Let’s Talk Picture Books
Judy Newman at Scholastic

Recognition for Flowers for Sarajevo

Junior Library Guild Selection | Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2017 | New York Library’s Best Books for Kids 2017 | Chicago Tribune Top 10 Picture Books of 2017 | A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2018 

Other recognition

Parents’ Choice Award Winner (Away with Words) | ABC Best Books for Young Readers (Meet the Bobs and Tweets) | Communication Arts | American Illustration | Creative Quarterly | 3×3 | Applied Arts Magazine

Selected review quotes

“Sure to inspire the explorers of tomorrow. … Illustrator Kristy Caldwell’s clean, colorful depictions of faraway settings and remote locales bring wonderful immediacy to the story. “ —BookPage (Away With Words)

“Caldwell’s energetic, full-color, Sunday-comics illustrations are satisfyingly chaotic.” —Kirkus Reviews (Meet the Bobs and Tweets)

“Caldwell’s artwork is stunning, using rich colors and panels in a graphic novel–like style.” —School Library Journal (Flowers for Sarajevo)

"It’s rare to find a children’s book that’s so completely a work of art." —YA and Kids Book Central (Flowers for Sarajevo)

"Thought-provoking ... Gray-toned art using ink, charcoal, pencil, and Photoshop finds beauty in a war-ravaged place." —The Horn Book (Flowers for Sarajevo)