He has deservedly earned a reputation
as one of the greatest living children's illustrators. In
1962, he published his first children's book, ABC,
for which he was awarded the
Greenaway Medal, Britain's equivalent
to the Caldecott Medal. He was also a runner up for this
medal for The Owl and the Woodpecker.
has said: "I believe that beautiful picture books are
vitally important in subconsciously forming a child's visual
appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life."
In 1994, the Brian
Wildsmith Art Museum was established in Izukogen, a
town south of Tokyo, Japan. Almost one and a half million
people visited a traveling exhibition of his work in 2005.
Eight hundred of his paintings are on loan to the museum.
is married, has four children, and currently lives in the
south of France.