Antoinette Portis

Children's Author

Antoinette is the creator of many inventive books for children. She made her picture-book debut with the NYT best-selling Not A Box, an ALA Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Her other award-winning books include A Penguin Story, also a NYT Best Illustrated Book, Hey, Water!, a Sibert Honor book, and A New Green Day, a JLG selection, a PW Best Book of the Year as well as a Horn Book Best Book of 2020.

Her most recent works include I’m Up and I’m Still Up, board-book odes to a baby’s joy at waking up ­– and staying up. Coming soon is A Seed Grows, a nonfiction picture book marking Antoinette’s eighth collaboration with Neal Porter.

Antoinette got a BFA at the UCLA School of Fine Arts and then spent years in the world of design and advertising. She was a creative director, then a VP, at Disney before she took a flying leap to pursue her sixth-grade dream of writing and illustrating picture books. And we’re honored and lucky that she did.

A recipient of the Prestigious Sendak Fellowship, she lives in Southern California where she hopes to soon get back to reading and drawing with kids in local school classrooms.

Holiday House Books on Instagram: “Join Sibert Honor-Winner Antoinette Portis as she reads her new book ‘A New Green Day’ for storytime!”

Antoinette Portis: Studio Tour - YouTube