A Little about Steve Light

            Steve Light grew up in an enchanted place known as New Jersey. He went on to study Illustration at Pratt Institute, he also had the pleasure of studying and mentoring under Dave Passalacqua. Upon graduating he did some corporate illustrations for companies such as: AT&T, Sony Films, Absolut Vodka and the New York Times Book Review. Steve Light then went on to design buttons that were acquired by the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

           Then came a great opportunity for Steve to teach art to small children. Through his experiences as a teacher he found his true calling as a children’s illustrator and storyteller. He has been teaching in the classroom for the last 10 years with children 3-6 years old. He has used this experience to help him publish 6 children’s books by Abrams and Candlewick Press. Steve’s books include: I am Happy a touch and feel book, Puss in Boots, The Shoemaker Extraordinaire, Uncle Sam a press out and play book, and 2 Hello Kitty books that he engineered. The Shoemaker Extraordinaire was in the children’s book show at the Society of Illustrators. The Shoemaker Extraordinaire even led to Steve being asked to design an ad for United Airlines that was advertised in Japan.

            Steve Light’s storytelling to small children inspired him to create storyboxes for some classic stories. These storyboxes consist of wooden figures that he has hand-carved and uses to dramatize the story. By being in the classroom and sharing stories with children this way, he has seen its effect on their young imaginations. Steve Light often observes children acting out his stories and creating their own “books” as well as creating their own props and characters. Steve Light’s storyboxes give the tales that children already love a new dimension. He also creates sculptures that are inspired by popular folk and fairy tales. Steve Light has had the opportunity to share his storyboxes with children in numerous schools, museums, libraries and events. The storyboxes have led Steve to create a TV show pilot “Storytime with Steve Light”. Steve’s greatest joy is being able to share stories with children and introducing them to new worlds that they can only visit with their imaginations.

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9 Responses to “A Little about Steve Light”

  1. Courtney Says:

    Love your work!

  2. Niki Says:

    My family is obsessed with your book “Trucks Go”! Is there any way to purchase prints of the illustrations? They are to die for!!

    • stevelightart Says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I do not have prints, but do sell original watercolors of the Trucks artwork. I sent you an email regarding the details.

  3. Story Teller Steve Light on This Week in Digital Media with Lon Levin « The Illustrators Journal Says:

    […] On the Wednesday March 28th 2012 broadcast at 2:30PM Pacific/5:30 Eastern our special guest is artist, illustrator, published author and creator of ‘Storytime with Steve Light’ For more information on Steve, click here. […]

  4. Laurie Says:

    Hi Steve, I just wanted to say hello and tell you how happy I am to see more of your work and to know that you are doing so well (and such beautiful art!) Remember way back when when you came to our house in Stamford, CT for the shoe art project and then when you came to Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, CT? Those were good times! Keep on doing what you are doing, it’s wonderful!

  5. Delina Says:

    Greetings from Canada Steve!

    My best friend, who works at a library, sent my 2 year old daughter an early Christmas present. A delightful little adventure called “Zephyr Takes Flight.” She saw the title pass through the childrens section and just HAD to order a copy for my daughter.

    You see, my little ginger haired daughter’s name just happens to be Zephyr! There isn’t any way to describe the joy on her face when she points to the picture of the little girl in the book and shouts “That ME! That Zephyr!”

    I just want to say, I love this book. I love that the dad cooks, and the mommy (like myself) is the handy person in the house. I love that she chews gum and gets so absorbed with play that she breaks things. My best friend wrote a note on the insider cover: “To Zephyr: Never be afraid to dream big!”

    Thank you for doing what you do!

    Delina and Zephyr, Ontario Canada.

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