Barbara Lehman was born in Chicago, and grew up in New Jersey very close to New York City.  She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, lived in New York City for many years and now lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

The Red Book was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2005.  Her work has been included in shows at The Society of Illustrators, The Chicago Art Institute, and The New York Public Library.  She has shared her work in programs for children at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Demonstrating watercolor during a talk for children at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2006


"Books and art have always held the strongest attraction for me.  I have always felt drawn to commercial art because of its ability to reach many people.  I like the idea of being part of the media in a meaningful and thoughtful way, especially with children as the audience."

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