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Dav Pilkey - Click to see all titles by this author.

Imaginative - Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination that is able to think of something new.

Dav Pilkey’s birthday is on March 4th.

Dav Pilkey, an author and illustrator of children’s literature, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. During elementary school, Dav struggled with a variety of learning issues, including dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When he did something his teachers didn’t approve of, they would snap their fingers, point to the door, and shout, “Mr. Pilkey – OUT!” Today, Dav says, “If I had known that people can grow up with these types of problems and still turn out okay, I might have had more hope.” However, the desk in the hallway became his writing and illustrating haven! This is where the Captain Underpants series was born, when Dav was in second grade.

Dav continued to draw and write though high school, and despite his teachers’ discouraging words, he finished high school and attended Kent University as an art major. His freshman English professor encouraged him to write children’s books, and at nineteen years old he became a published author.

Dav has written and illustrated many popular series, including Big Dog and Little Dog, The Dumb Bunnies, and Captain Underpants, which has more than 70 million copies in print worldwide. His picture book, The Paperboy, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. He has also written the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series, illustrated by Dan Santat. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Sayuri.

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