James Burks is a picture book writer and illustrator who began his career as an artist in animation. His credits include feature films like The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, The Iron Giant and the TV shows like Wow Wow Wubbzy, Ni-hao Kai-lan, The Dinosaur Train, and Fan Boy and Chum Chum.
His work includes his debut book, Gabby & Gator (Yen Press, September 2010); the lively graphic novel series Bird & Squirrel (Scholastic, 2012-2015); as well as picture books like Beep & Bah (Carolrhoda Books, January 2012) and his latest release, Pigs and a Blanket (Disney-Hyperion, April 2016). He has also illustrated for other authors like Tara Lazar, Stephen Kresnsky, Greg Trine, Joan Holub, and Jessica Young.
James will appear on the Picture Book Stage & the Middle Grade Stage at Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.