Megan Halsey has been illustrating children's books for 25 years. She has illustrated 45 books, some of which she has also written. Among her numerous honors are starred reviews, two Toy Oppenheimer Gold Awards, two Bank Street College “Book of the Year “ honors, a New York Public Library "Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing" and a “Recommended Reading List Book” from Reading Rainbow.
In addition to children's books, Megan illustrates articles for magazines and newspapers like Family Circle and The Boston Globe. Her art and designs have been used for logos, packaging, wine labels, giftware, textiles, wall art and greeting cards.
Megan says, "I was meant to be an artist as an adult. While taking piano lessons as a child, rather than practice, I colored my sheet music. I still love to color and can’t play the piano.” She adds, “I grew up looking at beautiful things. My father took me to art museums on my birthday. I look back now and see how everyone around me was making things; my father built furniture, carved wood and painted, my mother sewed and wrote, my brother made homemade movies with his action figures, my sister painted. My grandparents were creative also making things, sewing and quilting.”
Megan also had an early love of books. "I would get very upset at our town library because I was allowed to check out three books at a time and I always wanted many more. Luckily, my maternal-grandmother gave me picturebooks for presents. I also got caught reading in bed under my covers frequently".
Megan is currently working on a picture book about her adopted shelter dog, Ruby. "I looked for my perfect dog on adoption websites for many months. When I saw her furry little face I knew I had found my dog. I filled out all her adoption papers without even meeting her. Luckily, we are a good match."
"The story is about our experience of finding and getting to know each other (and of my dedicated love and patience!)"
Megan is a former Pratt Institute and Moore College of Art & Design professor. She is currently on the faculty of Marywood University's MFA Program, Get Your Masters with the Masters, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A former New Yorker, Megan now lives in the cute, small, town of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, where she is the president of the borough appointed Arts Board and co-chair of Lansdowne's annual three-day celebration of music and art - The Lansdowne Arts Festival.
You can visit Megan and download free coloring pages and puzzles at her website- www.meganhalsey.com You can also follow her on FaceBook and Instagram.