Peter Sis


Peter Sis is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of children’s books. Sis 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.

Peter Sis 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 has received a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award twice: for Tibet Through The Red Box (1999) and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (2008) He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for “Tibet Through the Red Box”.Sis 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. In 2012, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen award for illustration.