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Donald Crews

Beloved by preschoolers everywhere, Donald Crews’ classic books from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s continue to delight readers with his bold and clear artistic style. Crews and his wife, children’s book author Ann Jonas, made their home into an art studio, so their two daughters were around art every day. One of their daughters, Nina, became a children’s book illustrator herself. Donald Crews grew up in New Jersey, but spent summers with family in Florida, taking the train every year. These trips by train inspired him to write his most famous book, Freight Train.