Betsy Snyder is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, most recently earning a place in the Society of Illustrator's The Original Art 2012 exhibition. Her book, I Haiku You, was selected as a "New Classic" by Scholastic Parent & Child. Betsy loves to create smile-inspiring art for kids and the young at heart—you can see her colorful collages and cute images on all kinds of things, from children’s books to board games to stickers to greeting cards. Betsy lives in near Cleveland, Ohio, where she shares a studio with her graphic-designer husband.
Toys 'R Us
St. Jude's Hospital
Simon and Shuster
Carol Wilson Fine Arts
Blue Apple Books
Peaceable Kingdom Press
Awards / Honors
Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award for 2011, Hoot Owl Hoot
Children's Indie Next List, 2010
Scholastic Parent & Child "Best of 2010"
Society of Illustrators 49th and 50th Annual, 2006, 2007
Silver ADDY Award - Cleveland, 2006
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2009
Film/Video Silver Telly Award, 2009
Parent's Choice 5 Board Books for Baby, 2009
CCBC's Choice for "Best-of-the-Year" list, 2009
Please Touch Museum's 23rd Annual Book Award
Praise for I Haiku You, written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
"Like Corduroy, these sweet tales come with a dash of imagination and a special friend in tow, be it a sibling or a treasure lovey."
—Scholastic Parent & Child, "The New Classics"
"The selections are sparkling...but Snyder's cheerful watercolor illustrations, which add a touch of gentle whimsy and complement the themes of the poems, are the best part of the reading experience...it would make a compelling addition to any poetry collection."
—School Library Journal, Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Praise for Betsy's author/illustrated picture book, Sweet Dreams Lullaby:
"The author-illustrator of Haiku Baby offers a soothing bedtime story with just the right amount of sweetness...The charming collage artwork...will bring a smile...A worthy and welcome addition to the canon of cozy bedtime stories."
"The language is rich and evocative, drawing on listeners' sense of memory...there's a luminous effect in the soft landscape backgrounds, while figures have the crisp or even fuzzy layered look of cut paper, adding texture and dimension. The gentle rhythm and lilting verses accompanied by the charm-dense compositions make this a natural choice for settling down at the end of the day, sweet dreams pending."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for Betsy's author-illustrated book, Haiku Baby
"Snyder has combined the Japanese poetry style of Haiku with the most beautiful and vibrant collage illustrations, her little animal characters are extremely cute."
Praise for Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?
Featured alongside Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon and Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
—Parents' Choice "5 Board Books for Babies"