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Peter Sís (born 1949 in Brno, Czechoslovakia) is an award winning children's book writer and illustrator. Sís attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. In addition to writing and illustrating books, Peter's editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, and The Atlantic Monthly.
He has designed a mural for the Baltimore International Airport, as well as the mosaics in the 86th st./Lexington Ave. New York Subway station, among others. He also created the "Whale" poster for the New York City Transit Authority that was on view in subway cars throughout New York City.
He began his professional life as a filmmaker. In 1983 he collaborated with Bob Dylan on an animated music video for the song "You Got to Serve Somebody". His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In 2003, he was a MacArthur Fellow, an honor bestowed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognizing “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”
Peter Sís has won The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year award six times. He was also awarded with the American Library Association's Caldecott Honor for the illustrations of his 1996 book, "Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei",1998 book "Tibet Through The Red Box" as well as his 2007 work, "The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain." The latter book also received the ALA's 2008 Robert Silbert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for young readers. He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for "Tibet Through the Red Box".
Sís has won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award.
- Starry Messsenger: Galileo Galilei
- Tibet Through the Red Box
- Sís, Peter (2007). The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. New York: Frances Foster books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0374347018.
- The Three Golden Keys 1994. New York: Doubleday ISBN 0-385-47292-7
- Madlenka 2000.
- Madlenka's Dog 2002.
- Official Peter Sís website
- Peter Sís's public artwork at the 86th Street station, commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit.