Timothy Young, Author, Illustrator, Toy Designer, Animator, Speaker

Timothy Young’s unique presentations touch on writing, drawing and the sources of creativity.

Timothy Young always wondered as a child who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read, and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them.

Tim is the author/illustrator of numerous picture books including I Hate Picture Books!, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin, Do Not Open The Box! and I’m Going To Outer Space!, a recent winner of the Family Choice Award. He has illustrated books for other authors and has also written and illustrated two creative drawing books.

When Tim started writing he didn’t know about school author visits. Soon after his first book came out in 2008 he was invited to a school. Since then he has visited hundreds of schools and libraries and finds that doing presentations with students is one of the most fun and rewarding things he’s done. He loves passing on what he’s learned.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his books:

Timothy Young writes humorous picture books on many topics:

The Angry Little Puffin is about a puffin who is constantly mis-identified as a penguin. He eventually finds someone who knows who he is.

I Hate Picture Books! affectionately pokes fun at all of the classic picture books everyone knows and loves.

In I’m Going To Outer Space!, Luis tells us all of the things he wants to see and do there. The illustrations pay tribute to all of the science fiction the author grew up loving.

Do Not Open The Box! is a cautionary story. Benny has to decide whether to open the box while he imagines all of the things, good and bad, that could be inside.

If You Give the Puffin a Muffin parodies circular books, as the puffin politely refuses when offered a muffin. After all, just because puffin rhymes with muffin does not mean he wants to eat one.

In Creatures and Characters and More Creatures and Characters Tim show techniques he has learned and developed to create and draw spooky monsters, unique aliens and funny animals.

Tim often shows sneak previews of works in progress. His next book, untitled, comes out in May 2019.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of his books:

Aside from writing and illustrating, Timothy Young also had a long, creative career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer.

His career highlights include being the Head Model-Maker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions, and sculpting the very first Simpsons character toys. He has been the design director for two toy companies and worked under contract with dozens of others. He had a brand new toy out recently, the inflatable pool toy The Chicken Fight Game.


Family Choice Award, Crystal Kite Finalist, New York Bookbinders Guild Design Award



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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Each assembly is geared towards the appropriate grade levels. A one-hour assembly usually consists of book readings, then a question and answer period where he touches on the writing process, illustrating and many other topics depending on the questions asked. The Q&A flows into a drawing demonstration. Tim starts by creating a brand new character explaining the process of using your imagination to guide your drawings. He then does an interactive drawing lesson in which the students provide scribbles on a white board which Tim then uses to “discover” creatures and characters hidden in them.

He talks about other parts of his career and brings samples of toys and products he’s designed. All the time he imparts the idea that the students can do what he did, use their passion and creativity to guide their lives.

Since he makes himself available for the whole school day, he can have a lunch discussion with faculty or a select group of students. Extra assemblies and evening programs can be added.

Tim has also done presentations to Middle and High School students about creative careers and has presented to adults about creativity as well.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School

High School




101-300 Appearances



Willing to Travel

Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Fiction