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Ian Woodwark Falconer


Falconer, Ian Woodwark
Author, illustrator, costume and set designer

Ian Woodwark Falconer is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book series titled Olivia, followed by a television series featuring the same characters by the same name. The man is an American illustrator, children's book author, and costume and set designer for the theater. He has created 30 covers for The New Yorker as well as other publications. Born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Mr. Falconer, who graduated from The Cambridge School of Weston, studied Art History at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute. Beginning with Olivia, a 2001 Caldecott Honor book, the timeless charm and popularity of Falconer's Olivia ensure the series' status as a children's classic. The character Olivia, a precocious young pig who loves fashion, ballet, opera, and getting her own way, is based on Ian Falconer's niece.

Children's Publications


  • Caldecott Honor for Olivia, 2000
  • Parent's Choice 2000, Gold Award Winner
  • Nick Jr. Best Book of 2001
  • ALA Notable Children's Books 2000 & 2001
  • Child's Best Book of 2001
  • Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2000 & 2001
  • Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2000 & 2001
  • BookSense Illustrated Children's Book of the Year for Olivia Saves the Circus, 2002
  • Voted "Favorite Illustrator" for Olivia Helps with Christmas by over 50,000 children at the Children's Choice Book Awards, 2008