All About Layne Johnson
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- First Name
- Last Name
- United States
- web address
- type of art work
- Historical, Colonial, Wild West, Non-fiction, American revolution, Horses, Fiction, oil painting, realistic, impressionistic, animals, people, painterly, ethereal
- Published Works
- Race the Wild Wind: A Story of the Sable Island Horses (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011), Christmas Kitten, Home at Last (Albert Whitman & Co., 2010), The Declaration of Independence from A to Z (Pelican Publishing, 2010), Off Like the Wind, The First Ride of the Pony Express (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2010), Damon, Pythias, and the Test of Friendship (Albert Whitman & Co., 2009), Farmer George Plants a Nation (Boyds Mills Press, 2008), Remembering Grandpa (Boyds Mills Press), A Young Man's Dance (Boyds Mills Press), The Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories (Houghton Mifflin / Kingfisher, 2005 — anthology, illustrated selected stories), Young Patriots: Inspiring Stories of the American Revolution (Boyds Mills Press), Grandparent Poems (Boyds Mills Press), Where Horses Run Free (Boyds Mills Press), Christmas for Kitten (Albert Whitman & Co.), Ben, King of the River (Albert Whitman & Co.), On the Day His Daddy Left (Albert Whitman & Co.), Brian's Bird (Albert Whitman & Co.), The Night Queen's Blue Velvet Dress (Steck-Vaughn), Abuelito Eats With His Fingers (Eakin Press), Brad and Butter Play Ball (Random House)
I'm Layne Johnson and I've always loved adventure! And that's exactly what each new book is. A native Texan, I've drawn and painted just about everything! Being a children's book illustrator is also an adventure. I often ask kids if they know what an illustrator does. A kindergartener might say, "You write the pictures in books!" A third grader might say, "You draw the pictures in books!" But I say, "I bring books to life!" I don't draw or paint just what the words say. I draw what comes before the words, what's between the words, what comes after the words. It's my job to make the world of a book larger. I want the reader to "be there" in the book. And when they've taken the journey with me, to say, "Let's read it again!"
Why do I do what I do? Because it's FUN! I'm still a kid at heart, so illustrating books for kids is my passion. And empowering children to draw and write is something I cherish — what could be better?!
I earned my BFA from the University of Houston and have been a freelance illustrator for more than 25 years.