Dan Santat (he/him)

“Each human being in this world is unique and I find it essential that in order to prepare our kids for the future we should engage with children in ways that make them understand that achieving their dreams is less about teaching everyone with the same common skill set and explore the idea of finding the thing that lights the fire in their hearts so that they can motivate themselves.”


Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, the #1 New York Times-bestselling Are We There Yet?, and the New York Timesbestselling book After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). Dan is the author and illustrator of over a hundred books for young people. His latest works include the bestselling graphic novels, The Aquanaut and A First Time for Everything.

Dan grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. He is the creator of the animated television series, The Replacements. He has worked with numerous children’s book authors and illustrators including Dav Pilkey (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series), Samantha Berger (Crankenstein), Minh Le (Drawn Together, Lift, The Blur), and Laurel Snyder (Endlessly Ever After).

Dan lives outside of Los Angeles with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

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