Author & Illustrator

Paul Tillery IV

Paul was born in Raleigh, NC. He's always loved drawing, storytelling, and off-kilter comedy.

As a child, Paul struggled at school until third grade. Then he fell in love with reading. His grades improved, and so did his happiness in the classroom. He hopes to have that effect on young readers today!

Paul created Thundercluck at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He earned his MFA from SCAD Atlanta in 2014, and has since been a SCAD professor of animation and computer arts.

Most Recent Book
Thundercluck! book

Childhood Reading Memories

I spent a long time stuck on picture books as my peers moved on to chapter books and children's novels. My two favorite picture books were TACKY THE PENGUIN (Helen Lester) and LEO THE LATE BLOOMER (Robert Kraus). I loved animal characters, and I related a lot to not fitting in.

Bruce Coville was the author who got me into reading beyond picture books. Once I started reading his series, I couldn't stop! ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK was probably my favorite, but I loved all his work for its blend of fantasy, sci-fi, and silliness.



What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

My sister and I were very lucky that our father read to us growing up. (Our mother passed when we were little.) I encourage all parents to read to their kids--it's important for their development, and it can instill a lifelong love for stories!

Once kids are old enough to read for themselves, it's important to find books that appeal to their interests. Instead of forcing them to read as a chore, it's best to give them something they'll choose to read for fun.

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

Going back through time, my career goals have been:

• Animator
• Teacher
• Author
• Power Ranger

…so any of those, or ideally a mix of all 4.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

I'm thrilled that the first THUNDERCLUCK book is out now, and the second in the series will come out fall 2019!

chapter Books

mythology · chickens · superpowers


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