About Mark Teague
As with all great discoveries, Mark Teague's eureka moment materialized from something seemingly unrelated, when a move from San Diego to New York City planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons. His debut earned him a feature in Publishers Weekly as one of eleven prominent new authors of 1989 and secured his place among beloved children's authors.
Each of Mark's books starts as "notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings, and phrases that seem mostly cryptic that suddenly come together," he explains. And though Mark developed his writing and painting talents without formal training, his boundless imagination has earned him a permanent place in the hearts of children. His books tackle common childhood fears — imaginary monsters living in closets, being late for school, or meeting a new baby-sitter. One Halloween Night sprung from his love for the holiday — the way a costume can give a person a whole new identity and how everything is transformed into something mysterious and spooky.
Mark has also collaborated with critically acclaimed authors Audrey Wood, Cynthia Rylant, and Jane Yolen. He and Jane created the award-winning How Do Dinosaurs... series. The first book in the series, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, was named a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and BookSense bestseller. It also picked up numerous prizes, including the Christopher Medal. The sequels have been published to critical acclaim as well.
Mark currently lives in Coxsackie, New York, with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters, Lily and Ava.