Jackie Urbanovic is a bestselling illustrator, author, and speaker. She loves to laugh and to make other people laugh.
She has been working as a professional illustrator for over 30 years. She studied writing with the fabulous author Jane Resh Thomas and nine years ago added author to her credits when Duck at the Door was published, the first in her Max the duck series.
Her New York Times Bestselling Max books have been chosen and nominated to state reading lists in Nebraska, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennesee, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, and Illinois. Duck at the Door was chosen as an IndieBound Top Ten Pick, Duck Soup was chosen as a Bank Street Best Children’s Book as well as added to Oprah’s Kid’s Reading List. In 2010 Kohl’s chose Duck at the Door and Duck Soup for their Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign, printing special editions of both books and creating plush toys of both Max and his Saint Bernard buddy, Brody.
No Sleep for the Sheep, which she illustrated for Karen Beaumont has been chosen for the Texas 2×2 Reading list and has been named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book. Grandma Lena’s Big ‘Ol Turnip, which she illustrated for Denia Lewis Hester was awarded an Aesop Accolade.
She grew up in Michigan
and has lived in Minnesota and then Maryland. Recently, she decided to continue her collection of "M" states by moving to Northampton, Massachusetts.