Mike Wohnoutka

Ever since Mike can remember he knew he wanted to be an artist. His dad, who worked at the Highway Department, would bring home reams of paper that had highway plans on one side and were blank on the other. He would be so excited to have all that paper to draw on and would fill each sheet with snowmobiles, baseball players, superheroes—everything he was interested in. His high school art teacher, Mr. Chase encouraged Mike to pursue art as a career. This, along with a scholarship, led him to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Mike has illustrated over 30 books for children. He is also the author-illustrator of several picture books, including Dad’s First DaySo Big!, and the Croc & Turtle series. His various clients include Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Penguin-Random House, Christy Ottaviano Books, Holiday House, Clarion Books, Disney-Hyperion Books, Scholastic Books, Cricket Magazine Group, General Mills, 3M, and Medtronic, and Peaceable Kingdom Press.

A native of Spicer, Minnesota, Mike currently lives with his family in Minneapolis.

Book Highlights

2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award – See the Cat
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show – Jack’s House
National Jewish Book Award – Hanukkah Bear
Minnesota Book Award – MOO!
ALA Notable Book – See the Cat and MOO!
Star of the North Picture Book Award – MOO!
Once Upon A Reader Inaugural Selection – MOO!
Colorado Lib. for Early Literacy Bell Picture Book Award – MOO!
Iowa’s Bridge to Reading Award – This Is NOT a Cat!
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon – MOO!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book – So Big!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book – How to Apologize
Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award – Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog
Bank St. College Best Book * Outstanding Merit – Dad’s First Day
Minnesota Book Award Finalist – This Is NOT a Cat!, Dad’s First Day,
and Little Puppy & the Big Green Monster
Parents magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2020 – See the Cat
Nerdy Book Award – See the Cat

Bank St College Best Book – See the Cat
Cybils Award – See the Cat
Texas 2×2 Reading List – See the Cat
Junior Library Guild Selection:
 MOO!, See the CatCroc & Turtle,
See the Dog, and So Big!