Jonathan Bean (American, b. 1979) grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children’s literature when hired by Cricket Magazine in 2004. Since then, he’s worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. Jonathan currently lives in Rhode Island.