Brian Selznick
Brian Selznick (born July 14, 1966 in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey) is the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He has a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, along with five nephews and one niece. Selznick studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and upon graduation he went to work at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. He learned all about children’s books from his former boss, Steve Geck, who is now an editor of children’s books at Greenwillow. While at Eeyore’s, Selznik also painted the windows for holidays and book events.

His first book, The Houdini Box, which he both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 while he was still working at Eeyore’s bookstore. Since then, he has illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor.

He has also written a few other books himself, including The Boy of a Thousand Faces, but he cites The Invention of Hugo Cabret as being "by far the longest and most involved book I’ve ever worked on."

Selznick currently holds residences in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.[1]


  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Author: Brian Selznick
  • Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride: Based on a True Story, Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Boy of a Thousand Faces, Author: Brian Selznick
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, Author: Barbara Kerley
  • The Doll People, Author: Ann M. Martin
  • The Dulcimer Boy, Author: Tor Seidler
  • Frindle, Author: Andrew Clements
  • The Houdini Box, Author: Brian Selznick
  • The Landry News, Author: Andrew Clements (Paperback)
  • The Meanest Doll in the World, Author: Ann M. Martin
  • Riding Freedom, Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The School Story, Author: Andrew Clements
  • Walt Whitman: Words for America, Author: Barbara Kerley
  • When Marian Sang, Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Wingwalker, Author: Rosemary Wells
  • The Runaway Dolls, Author: Ann M. Martin
  • The Robot King, Author: Brian Selznick
  • Wonderstruck, Author: Brian Selznick


  • Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2008)
  • Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (2002)
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award
  • Christopher Award



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