About this Artist

Pronouns: he/him

Timothy Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director, and graphic designer. His career highlights include being an animation model-maker for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions, and sculpting the first-ever Simpsons toys. He even invented a pool toy, the Chicken Fight Game. Tim is the author/illustrator of 13 picture books including Do Not Open The Box, The Angry Little Puffin, I’m Going To Outer Space!, and the highly acclaimed I Hate Picture Books! He has also illustrated books for other authors including Nancy Viau’s Just One Thing! He has visited schools all over the country and is happy to now be part of the Arts For Learning Maryland family. He lives with his family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Artist Statement

When I was a kid I wondered who wrote and illustrated the books I read, who made the toys I played with and who made the cartoons I watched. I started out drawing the characters I liked. I loved making art but I was told by many grown-ups that I could not do that for a job, I’d have to do something else. Against the advice of my parents I went to Pratt Institute to study illustration. Soon after college I started working as an animation model maker, I then had the opportunity to design and sculpt toys. After a long, creative career I started writing and illustrating picture books. After my first books came out I started visiting schools and I discovered that I loved meeting kids who were just like me when I was their age. I love telling them about the things I’ve gotten to do and that they can also follow their dreams and passions and pursue doing the things that they love to do.


“Our school was fortunate to host Timothy Young this spring. He was a wonderful presenter to all grade levels. I got terrific feedback from students and staff about how much they enjoyed hearing all about his books and his journey to becoming an author. Students loved when he showed them how to find pictures in their scribbles. It was a great visit that ended all too soon.”

Stacey Hazuda, Media Specialist, Hollywood Elementary School, Hollywood, MD

“Our school invited author/illustrator Timothy Young back for a second visit to provide student assemblies for our school-wide reading incentive program finale, and one evening presentation during our schoolʼs summer reading kick-off event. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed the read-alouds of his books. Students, especially, were engaged in the interactive process of creating and illustrating characters--real and imagined.”

Joanna Bowder,  Reading Specialist Octorara Primary Learning Center, Atglen, PA

"It was a pleasure having Timothy Young visit our school. The students were thrilled to meet him and hear how he became an author and illustrator. Our teaching staff loved how he customized his presentations to meet the needs of each grade and it was wonderful to see his books come to life as he read them aloud. I especially enjoyed working with Mr. Young and found him to be flexible, friendly, and engaging throughout the entire process of booking and presenting. A genuine pleasure!"

Debbie Troop, 4th Grade Teacher, Hillside Elementary School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY