1. A timeless story to share among the generations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Otis series and The Little Engine That Could

    In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

    Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.
    From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long comes a gorgeously-illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go and to reach for the sun.
    Music was scored by: Billy Alletzhauser.

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  2. A timeless story to share among the generations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Otis series and The Little Engine That Could

    In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

    Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.
    From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long comes a gorgeously-illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go and to reach for the sun.
    Music was scored by: Billy Alletzhauser.

    lorenlong.com

    amazon.com/Little-Tree-Loren-Long/dp/0399163972

    penguin.com

    makingitpictures.com

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  3. Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy and the forthcoming An Otis Christmas (October 2013).

    He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.

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  4. Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy and the forthcoming An Otis Christmas (October 2013).
    He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.

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Loren Long, Illustrator and Writer

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Who is Loren Long?

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow.

He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator…


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Who is Loren Long?

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow.

He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.

Loren's most recent work, Little Tree, is a picture book for all ages which will publish in September, 2015.

Please visit the Books section of the website to learn about his many other books.

Personal

People often ask how I ended up becoming a children’s author and illustrator for a living.

As a kid, I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky in the 1970’s. We had no artists of any kind in the family. We didn’t know any artists. I liked sports, especially baseball. My mother read to me a lot. But I have to admit, my favorite subject in school was P.E. class. I also liked to draw. My parents encouraged me to keep drawing.

By the time I was in junior high school, art was holding a close second place to gym as my two favorite subjects in school. I liked everything we did in art class — drawing in perspective, ceramics and painting with tempera paints.

Not much changed in high school. I took every art class they offered. My art teacher introduced me to famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Norman Rockwell.

I entered the University of Kentucky not having any idea of what I would do with my life. I had five different majors in five years of college. But I took every art class they offered, and at the end of my junior year, I decided to try to be a professional artist.

By the end of college, I had gotten the bug* to be an illustrator. However, I didn’t feel ready for a career in the illustration field so I went to The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

I got my first job as an illustrator at a greeting card company. I had that job for about four years.

I then worked for nearly ten years as a freelance illustrator for mostly editorial clients such as Sports Illustrated, Time, Reader’s Digest and Forbes. You can see some of those illustrations here. I feel that all those years of illustrating for magazines developed my visual storytelling abilities.

I began getting calls to do book covers for mostly YA novels and eventually an editor called me to do my first picture book, I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson. I loved it.

Please go to my FAQ page for answers to other questions. You can click here to read an older, longer bio about me and some of my artistic influences.

Lastly, I’m not sure what all those years of gym class contributed to my career, but I’m pretty confident that I could beat Jon Scieszka and David Shannon in a game of dodge ball.

Thanks for reading,

Loren Long

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