Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theater, dance, film, and radio and is the author of over thirty-five acclaimed and award-winning books, including Hey, Al, a children’s book, which earned the Caldecott Medal in 1987. From the age of 6, Yorinks studied to be a classical pianist, under former Juilliard professor Robert Bedford. At 17, veering from a potential profession as a classical musician, Yorinks began over four decades of writing and working in the performing arts. In the field of opera, Yorinks was Philip Glass’s librettist for the operas The Juniper Tree and The Fall of the House of Usher.Through his forty years of picture-book making, he has teamed up with many famed illustrators including Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Mort Drucker, David Small, and Richard Egielski. His book, Mommy?, was a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Yorinks lives in New York City and continues to write and direct.
Caldecott Medal Winner
Written by Arthur Yorinks; illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline
Mickey isn't quite like his brothers and sisters. They're all stronger, faster, and have a much better sense of smell. That’s because his "brothers and sisters" are dogs—bloodhounds, to be exact....
Arthur Yorinks; Illustrated by Richard Egielski
"'One day last spring, Louis, a butcher, turned into a fish. Silvery scales. Big lips. A tail. A salmon'...Yorinks and Egielski work together as if they were one. Their joint pacing and a variety of verbal and visual viewpoints make Louis the Fish an outstanding and refreshingly unusual picture book." --Starred, School Library Journal