Sandra Boynton has been six years old since 1959. She grew up in Philadelphia, and went to Germantown Friends School and then Yale. She is a cartoonist, children’s book author, songwriter, record producer, designer, and director. Otherwise, she’s pretty much unemployable.
Boynton has created many idiosyncratic greeting card designs (e.g. “Hippo Birdie Two Ewes”) and has written and illustrated over forty children’s books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times Bestsellers. She has also written and produced —with composer Michael Ford—four albums of renegade children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, is nearing Platinum. In 2008, she received from the National Cartoonists Society the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award.
Boynton began directing short films of her songs in 2008, under the brand name “Boynton Time!” The first is One Shoe Blues starring B.B. King, released in October 2009 as a book/DVD set by Workman Publishing (recommended by both USA Today and Parade Magazine.)
Boynton and her husband, whitewater racer Jamie McEwan, live chaotically in New England, and have raised four perfect children.