David Shannon was born in Washington, D.C and grew up in Spokane. He moved to New York City in 1983 to start a career in editorial illustration. David's work appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. In 1988, he illustrated his first children's book, How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?, by Julius Lester. After illustrating several books by other authors, David was encouraged to try writing his own stories. His first book was How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, which was named a New York Times Best-illustrated book in 1994. In 1999 the semi-autobiographical story, No, David!, received a Caldecott Honor. David has written and/or illustrated over thirty-five books for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his Wife, Heidi and his daughter, Emma.