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illustrator , writer

Ted Lewin is an author/illustrator of children's books.


Lewin, Ted Bert was born on May 6, 1935 in Buffalo, New York, United States. Son of Sidney Walter and Berenece (Klehn) Lewin.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, 1956.


Lewin has illustrated over 100 books for children and young adults in the past 20 years. The Lewin household had a number of exotic pets, such as an iguana, a rhesus monkey, a chimpanzee, and a lion. Lewin grew up with the hobby of sketching his family pets.

He also copied works of many illustrators and painters that interested him. While attending Lafayette High School (LHS), mentored by the respected art instructor Elizabeth Weiffenbach, Lewin refined his talent for art. His wrestling career lasted for 15 years, and it inspired him to record his experience by writing I Was a Teenaged Professional Wrestler.

In 1994, Lewin's book Peppe the Lamplighter received a Caldecott Honor. One Green Apple tells the story of a young girl who has just immigrated to America from an Arab country and her discovery that her differences are what makes her special. Here is a partial list of recent exhibits featuring Ted's works:"Ted and Betsy Lewin's World of Picture Books", Brooklyn Public Library, New York, March 4–30, 2004"Adventures With Ted and Betsy", Society of Illustrators main floor gallery, June 1 through June 11, 2005"Travels with Ted and Betsy Lewin", Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York"Around the World with Ted and Betsy Lewin", Pratt Institute Libraries, October 30 - December 2, 2008.


  • In 2006, One Green Apple, illustrated by Lewin and written by Eve Bunting, won the inaugural Arab American Book Award for books written for Children/Young Adults.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler, 1993 (American Library Association Notable award 1993). Illustrator: Island of the Blue Dolphins, 1990, Bird Watch, 1990 (American Library Association Notable award), Herds of Thunder Manes of Gold, 1989, National Velvet, 1985, The Day of Ahmed's Secret, 1990 (American Library Association Notable award), I Wonder if I'll See a Whale?, 1991, The Potato Man, 1991, Faithful Elephants, 1988, Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts, 1991, Sami and the Time of the Troubles, 1992, Matthew's Meadow, 1992, Matthew Wheelock's Wall, 1992, The Great Pumpkin Switch, 1992, Cowboy Country, 1993, The Always Prayer Shawl, 1993, Pepe the Lamplighter, 1993 (Caldecott Honor award 1994), Just in Time for Christmas, 1994, Lost Moose, 1994, Seawatch, 1996, Ali, Child of the Desert, 1997. Author, illustrator: Tiger Trek, 1990, When the Rivers Go Home, 1992, Amazon Boy, 1993, The Reindeer People, 1994, Sacred River, 1995, American Too, 1996.

      , Fair, 1997, The Storytellers, 1998, The Originals, 1998, others.


Married Betsy Reilly, 1963.

Sidney Walter Lewin

Berenece (Klehn) Lewin

Betsy Reilly