Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells is an American bestselling children’s book author and illustrator. Since 1968, Wells has published more than 120 books, including seven novels.

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells was raised in New Jersey. She grew up in a theatre family. Her mother was a ballet dancer for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and her father was an actor-playwright.

“We had a houseful of wonderful books. Reading stories aloud was as much a part of my childhood as the air I breathed,” Wells recalls. Wells attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"In my young life, I was disappointed not to become the first female major league baseball player and also disappointed not to have a career as an FBI agent. So I turned to write and illustration and have never looked back," says the author.

In 1968, she published her first book, an illustrated version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s A Song to Sing, O! Wells has since published more than 120 books and has been nominated for numerous awards. In her picture books, she pairs her delightful illustrations with humorous and emotionally adept themes.

Among her bestselling picture book, titles are Voyage to the Bunny Planet, My Very First Mother Goose, and Read to Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells is best known for the Max and Ruby series, depicting sibling bunnies' adventures.

Max & Ruby was adapted into a Canadian-animated preschool television series, which aired on Nickelodeon since 2002.

In addition to her picture books, Wells has written several historical fiction and mystery/suspense novels for young adults. She has won countless awards, including the Parent’s Choice Foundation Award and multiple School Library Journal Best Book of the Year awards.

Rosemary Wells has two daughters and five granddaughters who inspire her to write new books.

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years of life: 29 January 1943 present



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