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Merrill Rainey

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Growing up, MERRILL RAINEY spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes, and going on imaginary adventures with his brothers. Today, he is a cowboy-boot-wearing, award-winning illustrator, designer, and paper engineer. Merrill likes to experiment with tools and uses marker, cut paper, or water soluble graphite to create his illustrations. He has served on faculty at the Highlights Foundation and is currently the illustrator coordinator for the Northern Ohio chapter of the SCBWIMerrill lives in the historic town of Maumee, Ohio, with his editor (his wife), subject matter experts (his kids), and very opinionated coworkers (two pups, two goldfish, and some crabby hermit crabs).

Awards:
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Magazine Merit Award, Letter of Merit, 2016
• Highlights Magazine Illustrator of the Month, Pewter Plate award, June 2016
• Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Magazine Merit Award, Two Letters of Merit, 2015
• Highlights Magazine Illustrator of the Month, Pewter Plate award, May 2015

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Merrill’s Bookshelf:

Giants Are Very Brave People
by Florence Parry Heide
illustrated by Merrill Rainey
Holiday House | 2023
 
Oink! I’m a Pig
by Merrill Rainey
HarperCollins | 2022
 
Roar! I’m a Dinosaur
by Merrill Rainey
HarperCollins | 2022
• A Good Housekeeping 2022 Best Kids’ Book Award Winner
 
Color, Cut, Create Play Sets: Dinosaur World
by Merrill Rainey
Odd Dot Books | 2020
• an Amazon Editor’s Pick, Best Nonfiction for Kids
 
Color, Cut, Create Play Sets: Horse Ranch
by Merrill Rainey
Odd Dot Books | 2020
 
Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space
by Brianna Caplan Sayres
illustrated by Merrill Rainey
Intergalactic Afikoman | 2022

 

“Rainey’s redheaded protagonist and good-natured cartooning have an animation-style energy and eagerness; readers may notice that the drawings’ softly mottled textures are reminiscent of matzo itself. The lesson is clear: Passover is wherever you hang-or float-your hat.”—Publishers Weekly

Clients include:
American Greetings • Highlights Magazine • Humpty Dumpty Magazine • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • Jack and Jill Magazine • Kellogg’s • Ladybug Magazine • Learning A-Z (Raz-Kids) • McGraw Hill Education • Picture Window Books • Pockets Magazine • Ohio Art • Scholastic • Spider Magazine • Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin Random House)

 

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Teresa Kietlinski
189 Berdan Ave #101
Wayne NJ 07470

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