Robin Preiss Glasser, the Children’s Book Council’s “2013 Illustrator of the Year,” has had two successful careers in the arts, the first as a ballet dancer and then as a best-selling children’s book illustrator.

After 11 years performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Robin returned to school at age 30 to receive her BFA from Parsons School of Design. From her first book, Judith Viorst’s Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I mean It!) Going to Move, through numerous others with such authors as Garrison Keillor, Lynne Cheney, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, one can see how the years Robin spent studying dance have infused her illustration style with movement and joy.

In 2005, Robin was paired with author Jane O’Connor for the now classic Fancy Nancy series, of which there are more than 80 books, including a chapter book series for older children. Fancy Nancy books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than 330 weeks, selling over 34 million volumes, and Nancy now stars in her own Disney television animated series which premiered in 2018.

Robin’s most recent book, Lambslide, written by international best-selling author Ann Patchett, was released in May. Their second book, Escape Goat will come out next year. Robin has two grown children, Sasha, a special effects make-up artist, and Benjamin, a musician and producer, and lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband, attorney Robert Berman.