Hi! My name is Tracy Sabin and I write, illustrate and paper-engineer books for kids.
I wrote my first children’s story in the sixth grade. It was the rousing tale of a bookworm scientist whose home was, literally, a book. It was called A Worm Squirm. Unabashedly, I continued to write and illustrate books for kids all the way through high school.
In college, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing. Yes, there really is a college degree in painting and drawing! After graduation, I started making pictures for a living. I've designed and illustrated all sorts of things; maps, logos, packages, animations… even a mosaic for an airport wall.
But my favorite thing to illustrate is books for kids. I’ve done illustrations for tons of elementary textbooks. You might have seen some at school.
In 1993, I wrote, illustrated and paper-engineered my first published children’s book, It was a pop-up book called A Visit to the North Pole. Thirteen long years later, Robert Sabuda, the king of pop-ups, saw my book and hired me to illustrate Castle, a pop-up book written and paper-engineered by the talented Kyle Olmon. It was listed on the New York Times bestseller list for several weeks. Woo hoo! Made the big time!
Um, not really… After Castle made the bestseller list, I feverishly started writing, illustrating and paper-engineering popup books. It was a popup-palooza! Two of them are on the shelf behind me in the photo. I sent them to publishers. Crickets. I wrote and illustrated picture books. I wrote two middle grade chapter books. Crickets and more crickets.
Undaunted, in 2015, I started publishing my own books. I’ve published several picture books, including This Is Our Ocean - The Dream of Clean Seas which won SCBWI’s 2019 Spark Award for excellence in independently published picture books. The Secret of Four Notch, a five-star reviewed middle grade historical/time-travel novel, is my most recent release.