Mike Wimmer Biography

Mike Wimmer’s career started out slow but it wasn’t long before his portfolio was full and his workday busy. Most of his clients were local in the beginning but after a whirlwind tour of New York he began working more on a national scale and his work began to take on a broader audience. Mike has illustrated many children’s book covers and is the illustrator of “Train Song” by Diane Siebert, 1991 NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the field of Social Studies and a Redbook Best Book for 1990. He is also the illustrator of “Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh” by Robert Burliegh, published by Putnam Philomel who was the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 1990. “All the Places to Love” by Patricia MacLachlan was published in 1994 by Harper Collins and has become a favorite of every generation. It also won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book for 1995. “Homerun: The Story of Babe Ruth”, Mike’s second book with Bob Burliegh, was published in 1997 by Harcourt Brace and has been included on many state book award lists. In 1999 Simon and Schuster published “Summertime”-from Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin with Dubose and Dorothy Hayward. “Will Rogers” written by Governor Frank Keating was released in August of 2002. It has been awarded the 2003 Spur Award from the Western Writers Association of America. My newest book “Theodore”, written by Frank Keating was released in January of 2006 and has already received a starred review in the MARCH 2006 ISSUE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. Theodore has also received reviews in Kirkus, review December 1, 2005 and Publishers Weekly, favorable review, January 23, 2006. “Stealing Home”, written by Robert Burliegh, published by Simon and Schuster, 2007. The book has received two starred reviews from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, December 2006, and the January 2007 STAR REVIEW. “The Trial of Standing Bear”, written by Frank Keating, published by The Oklahoma Heritage Foundation, 2008; was awarded the SPUR Award by the Western Writers of America in 2009. “One Giant Leap”, written by Bob Burleigh, published by Putnam Penguin Philomel Books for Young Readers, 2009 and was voted as a 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. “Pilgrim’s Progress”, written by John Bunyan and reedited by C.J.Lovik, published by Crossway Publishing, 2009. I recently launched my new book “George”, written by Frank Keating and published by Simon and Schuster, on George Washington’s 280th birthday celebration at Mt. Vernon on Presidents Day February 20, 2012. It was an incredible visit where I signed some 600 books over the weekend.