Sweet, Melissa (1956 - )

Genre: Children's Literature, Illustrator

Illustrator and winner of the Caldecott Honor and Sibert Medal, Melissa Sweet was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and now lives in Rockport, Maine. She attended Endicott College and Kansas City Art Institute.

Sweet has illustrated numerous books for children, as well as several cookbooks and also journals, notecards, and novelty items.

Selected Bibliography as Illustrator

Children

  • Into the Night (1990) by Deborah Heiligman
  • The Talking Pot: A Danish Folktale (1990) by Virginia Haviland
  • Pinky & Rex (1990), by James Howe
  • Rosie Runs Away (1990), by Maryann MacDonald
  • Rosie's Baby Tooth (1991), by Maryann MacDonald
  • Saturday Night Jamboree (1991), by Lee Wardlaw
  • Pinky & Rex and the Spelling Bee (1992), by James Howe
  • Pinky & Rex and the Mean Old Witch (1992), by James Howe
  • Hippity-Hop: A Pudgy Book (1992; Pudgy Board Book)
  • Sing Me a Window (1993), by Elizabeth Lee
  • Snippets: A Gathering of Poems, Pictures, and Possibilities (1993), by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Sycamore Street (1993), by C.B. Christiansen
  • Rosie and the Poor Rabbits (1994) by Maryann MacDonald
  • A House by the Sea (1994), by Joanne Ryder
  • Little Chick (1994; Wee Pudgy Board Books)
  • Marvelous Marvin and the Wolfman Mystery (1994) by Bonnie Pryor
  • Llama in Pajamas (1995), by Gisela Voss
  • Blast Off!: Poems About Space (1995), by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Marvelous Marvin and the Pioneer Ghost (1995), by Bonnie Pryor
  • Naptime, Laptime (1995), by Eileen Spinelli
  • Pinky & Rex and the Bully (1996), by James Howe
  • Pinky & Rex and the Double-Dad Weekend (1996), by James Howe
  • The Plant That Kept on Growing (1996) by Barbara Brenner
  • Pinky & Rex and the New Neighbors (1997), by James Howe
  • A Dozen Easter Eggs (Jewel Sticker Stories; 1997)
  • Monsters in Cyberspace (1997), by Dian Curtis Regan
  • Monsters and My One True Love (1998), Dian Curtis Regan
  • Bat Jamboree (1998), by Kathi Appelt
  • Pinky & Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin (1998), by James Howe
  • Pinky & Rex and the School Play (1998), by James Howe
  • Will You Take Care of Me? (1998) by Margaret Park Bridges
  • On Christmas Day in the Morning: A Traditional Carol (1999) by John Langstaff
  • Pinky & Rex Get Married (1999), by James Howe
  • Pinky & Rex and the New Baby (1999), by James Howe
  • Bats on Parade (1999), by Kathi Appelt
  • Leaving Vietnam: The Journey of Tuan Ngo, a Boat Boy (1999; Ready-To-Read, Level 3), by Sarah S. Kilborne
  • Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women (2000) by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Bats Around the Clock (2000), by Kathi Appelt
  • Bouncing Time (2000), by Patricia Hubbell
  • Charlotte in Giverny (2000) by Joan Macphail Knight
  • A Snowman on Sycamore Street (2000), by C.B. Christiansen
  • The Three Little Pigs (2000)
  • Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices (2001), by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times (2001) by Stephanie Calmenson
  • Now What Can I Do (2001), by Margaret Park Bridges
  • Pinky & Rex Go to Camp (2001), by James Howe
  • It's Spring! (2001), by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
  • Welcome, Baby!: Baby Rhymes for Baby Times (2002), by Stephanie Calmenson
  • Love and Kisses (2002/2005), a board book by Sarah Wilson
  • Pinky & Rex and the Just-Right Pet (2002), by James Howe
  • Ten Little Lambs (2002), by Alice B. McGinty
  • The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt (2002) by Claudia Logan
  • Fiddle-I-Fee: A Farmyard Song for the Very Young (2002), a board book.
  • The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls (2002/2004), written by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Jingle Bells (2002)
  • My Grandma Is Coming to Town (2003) by Anna Grossnikle-Hines
  • Peek-A-Book: A Lift-The-Flap Bedtime Rhyme (2003) by Lee Wardlaw
  • Charlotte in Paris (2003) by Joan MacPhail Knight
  • Moonlight: The Halloween Cat (2003) by Cynthia Rylant
  • Giggle-Wiggle Wake-Up (2003) by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • I Love You, Too (2004) by Eve Bunting
  • Spring Is Here: A Barnyard Counting Book (2004), by Pamela Jane
  • Won't You Be My Kissaroo? (2004), by Joanne Ryder
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (2004), by Jacqueline Davies
  • Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More! (2005), by Stephanie Calmenson
  • Schoolyard Rhymes (2005), by Judy Sierra
  • Baby Bear's Chairs (2005), by Jane Yolen
  • Charlotte in New York (2006) by Joan MacPhail Knight
  • Mother, May I? (2006) by Grace MacCarone
  • Baby Bear's Books (2006), by Jane Yolen
  • My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids (2007; cards), by Hilary Karmilowicz
  • Baby Bear's Big Dreams (2007), by Jane Yolen
  • Won't You Be My Hugaroo? (2007), by Joanne Ryder
  • Chicken Joy on Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp (2007), by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Off to Kindergarten (2007), by Tony Johnston
  • Thank You! (2008), by Marion Dane Bauer
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (2008) by Jen Bryant, for which Sweet won a Caldecott Honor award.
  • Balloons over Broadway: the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade (2011) Author and Illustrator. Winner of the Sibert Informational Book Medal.

Cookbooks

  • Vegetarian Planet: 350 Big-Flavor Recipes for Out-Of-This-World Food Every Day (1991) by Didi Emmons
  • Cheese: Quick and Easy Recipes for Elegant Entertaining (1996), by Lou Seibert Pappas and Marvin Scott Jarrett
  • Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook (1996) by Ruth Van Waerebeek-Gonzalez, et al.
  • The Good Stuff Cookbook (1997) by Helen Witty
  • In the French Kitchen Garden: The Joys of Cultivating a Potager (1998) by Georgeanne Brennan
  • Infusions: Making Flavored Oils, Vinegars and Spirits: Includes Book, Notecards With Envelopes, and Labels (1999), by Robin Davis

Selected Resources

Her website provides examples of her illustrations, contact information, and a brief biographical sketch.