Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and recalls sculpting as early as he can remember. He later graduated from the Moscow State Academic Institute of Arts. “It was an important step for me,” he says, “allowing me to understand and find myself as an artist.” He has since worked in the fields of fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, retold by Brian Alderson; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy, both by Kate DiCamillo; The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman; Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox and The Nightingale, both retold by Stephen Mitchell; The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson; and Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Deborah Noyes. He says that as part of his illustration process, he does “a lot of groundwork and extensive research on the time period in order to come up with my own approach or style for a book that I can relate to and use naturally, I have a big reference library, and when that’s not enough, I turn to public libraries and private sources.” Bagram Ibatoulline lives in Pennsylvania.