Author & Illustrator

Amy Young

Amy L. Young grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts. She was educated at Yale (BA), Indiana University (MFA in painting) and Harvard Law School. She practiced law in Grand Rapids, Michigan for seven years before she realized that she could not live without doing art full time. She has been happily writing and illustrating ever since. Amy has created somewhere around fourteen picture books, including her most recent series, A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE (Farrar Straus Giroux). Other books include THE MUD FAIRY (Bloomsbury USA), DON’T EAT THE BABY! (Viking), and BELINDA THE BALLERINA (Viking). Amy’s books have been praised by the New York Times, Kirkus Review, School Library Journal, and have also received many honors and awards.

Amy Young Website
Most Recent Book
A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas book


Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

Yes! Sitting on my dad's lap after dinner and reading to him.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I get up around 10 am and swim or go to exercise class am a night owl. Then I might have lunch with friends and do chores. AS to work, I am a night owl: I get my best work done anywhere from 7 pm until 2 am. Or 3 am. I have tried to change into a morning person, but it just doesn't work for me.

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

I guess I'd still be a lawyer. Yikes! The thing I liked best about law was that it was all about the stories you tell and the people involved. Kind of like what I do now, but without rainbows and unicorns. And instead of talking to wonderful kids - which I love - I would be dealing with grumpy lawyers and judges. Not as fun!

What do you hope to be remembered for?

Being kind, and making a difference for the better, through my books and my actions. Being remembered as a really super-fantastic author/illustrator would be nice, too. And while we're at it, how about winning the biggest lottery in history?! But barring those other things, being kind is good.

Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

I like playing Irish fiddle tunes. My cat is not a fan.

board Books

A Unicorn Named Sparkle book
being different · unicorns · pets · making friends
A Unicorn Named Sparkle
jealousy · making friends · unicorns
A New Friend for Sparkle

picture Books

holidays · Christmas · unicorns · friendship
A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas
The Mud Fairy book
fairies · frogs and toads · talents · being different · being yourself
The Mud Fairy
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