David McPhail Biography

David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, he began illustrating. His first book was “The RUNJUMPBUMB Book” by Robert Brooks – published by Little Brown and Company, Boston. Later that same year (1971), the first of his own stories was published. It is titled “In the Summer I Go Fishing” published by Addison-Wesley Press. In 1972, “The Bear’s Toothache” was published by the Atlantic Monthly Press. Thus began a wonderful and all-too-brief association with Emilie McLeod, Editor Extraordinaire, who published some his favorite (of his own) stories, including “Henry Bear’s Park” and “Pig Pig Grows Up”. He has continued to write and illustrate and there are now well over 100 books with his name on them.