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Dennis Nolan

Dennis Nolan

Nolan

Professor of Illustration

dnolanhas@gmail.com

MA, Painting, San José State University
BA, Art History, San José State University

Dennis Nolan was born in San Francisco, Calif. He attended Bay Area schools, earning a BA in art history and an MA in painting from San José State University. A variety of jobs followed, including painting for galleries, illustrating biology textbooks, and animating films. He has taught illustration at San José State University and in both the undergraduate and graduate illustration programs at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

Among the many books he has written and illustrated are: The Castle Builder, winner of the Prix de Zephir in France; and Dinosaur Dream, a season’s choice in both Newsweek and New Yorker, and an Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Golden Kite Honor Book. He illustrated T.H. White’s classic The Sword in the Stone; two of Bruce Coville’s retellings of Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet; and an illustrated biography, St. Francis of Assisi, written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  He also has collaborated with author and illustrator Lauren Mills on the illustrations for her story Fairy Wings, winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. His most recent books are wordless picture books based on his own stories, Sea of Dreams and Hunters of the Great Forest.

Gallery

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Publishing
Clients include:
  • Dial Books
  • Dutton Children’s Books
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Four Winds Press
  • Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers
  • Hyperion Books for Children
  • Little, Brown and Company
  • Macmillan Publishing Company
  • Philomel Books, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Viking, Neal Porter Books
Picture book titles include:
  • Hunters of the Great Forest, by Dennis Nolan, Roaring Brook Press
  • Sea of Dreams, by Dennis Nolan, Roaring Brook Press
  • The Skywriter, by Dennis Hasely, Roaring Brook Press
  • There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Hyperion Books for Children
  • Saint Francis of Assisi,A Life of Joy, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Hyperion Books for Children
  • Hans Christian Andersen,The Perfect Wizard, by Jane Yolen, Dutton Children’s Books
  • Fia and the Imp, by Lauren Mills and Dennis Nolan, Little, Brown and Company
  • Shadow of the Dinosaurs, by Dennis Nolan, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • The Dog Prince, by Lauren Mills, Little, Brown and Company
  • Sherwood, Edited by Jane Yolen, Philomel Books
  • Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, retold by Bruce Coville, Dial Books
  • Red Flower Goes West, by Ann Turner, Hyperion Books for Children, New York
  • The Blessing of the Lord, by Gary D. Schmidt, Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Androcles and the Lion, by Dennis Nolan, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, retold by Bruce Coville, Dial Books
  • Fairy Wings, by Lauren Mills, Little, Brown and Company
  • The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid, by Diane Stanley, Dial Books
  • The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White, Philomel Books
  • An Ellis Island Christmas, by Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Viking
  • Savina, the Gypsy Dancer, by Ann Tompert, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • No Nap for Benjamin Badger, by Nancy White Carlstrom, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • Wings, by Jane Yolen, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
  • Dinosaur Dream, by Dennis Nolan, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • Under Your Feet, by Joanne Ryder, Four Winds Press
  • Dove Isabeau, by Jane Yolen, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
  • Wolf Child, by Dennis Nolan, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • Mockingbird Morning, by Joanne Ryder, Four Winds Press
  • Step into the Night, by Joanne Ryder, Four Winds Press
  • The Legend of the White Doe, by William H. Hooks, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • The Castle Builder, by Dennis Nolan, Macmillan Publishing Company
Juried Awards :
  • Spectrum 19, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art   Overland Park, KS, 2012 (Merit Award)
  • Art Renewal Center International, ARC Salon Port Reading, NJ 2012(Merit Award, Painting)
  • Spectrum 16, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Overland Park, KS, 2009 (Merit Award)
  • Art Renewal Center International, ARC Salon Port Reading, NJ 2007(Merit Award, Drawing)
  • Art Renewal Center International, ARC Salon Port Reading, NJ 2006(First Prize, Drawing)
  • Art Renewal Center International, ARC Salon Port Reading, NJ 2006(Honorable Mention, Drawing)
  • Spectrum 12, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Overland Park, KS, 2005 (Merit Award)
  • Spectrum 8, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Overland Park, KS, 2001 (2 Merit Awards)
  • Illustrators 39 Annual Competition The Society of Illustrators, NY, 1997 (Merit Award)
  • Spectrum 4, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Overland Park, KS, 1997 (Merit Award)
  • SCBWI Golden Kite Award, Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, 1996
  • Spectrum 2, The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Overland Park, KS, 1995 (1 Silver Medal, 4 Merit Awards)
  • SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, 1991
Honors and Awards
  • Kirkus Reviews Starred Review Sea of Dreams, 2011
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Books 2011 Top Ten  Sea of Dreams, 2011
  • Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review Hunters of the Great Forest, 2014
  • School Library Journal Best Books of 2014 Hunters of the Great Forest, 2014