Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating educational puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where he has illustrated many New York Times best selling middle grade novels and also award-winning picture books.
In 2015 he received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author/ illustrator of the non-fiction picture books The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring and How The Cookie Crumbled, both published by Atheneum. He is also the author/illustrator of his debut middle grade novel, Kindred Spirits, to be published by Macmillan/Ottaviano in 2020.
Why I Create Children's books
My whole life I've enjoyed telling stories and making art. Children's books allows me to do both!
I typically wake up early and take my dog, Harper to the park. Then I start my work day writing or doing difficult drawing early. At lunch, I read/edit or check social media. Then I dive back into my work, doing the less difficult tasks until 4pm. I take a break to work out, walk my dog, and cook dinner. I spend the rest of the night either reading, socializing, or watching TV. But I rarely watch TV.
For inspiration I head to the library and check out some books, visit museums, dig through flea markets, surf the internet, watch movies, walk the dog, and travel. I also listen to the radio if I get stuck.
Perhaps a teacher or a librarian :)