Lane Smith is the award-winning author of 2012 Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green, as well as It's a Book, and the middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble, among others. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators. In 2017, he was awared the Kate Greenaway Medal for There is a Tribe of Kids. He lives in an old house in Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach, pondering the goings-on in his own backyard.
A Spring 2017 Kids' Indie Next List Pick "Like reaching the bottom of a candy dish and unexpectedly biting into a Sour Skittle, the clever A Perfect Day provides a delightful jolt." --NPR "This gently humorous book is sure to circulate well in any picture book collection. A perfect way to introduce the concept of point of view."--School Library Journal, starred review "With the text using so few words (though, admirably, much repetition), Smith tells the story mostly through his textured mixed-media illustrations, which reflect each animal's joy-filled frolic."--Horn Book, starred review "Smith's mixed-media artwork masterfully explores texture and scale... Perfectly funny while offering a chance to discuss perspective."--Kirkus, starred review "The humorous surprise ending will make children squeal as they ponder the concept of perfect... this true-to-form picture book will draw plenty of readers." --Booklist "An easily accessible tale that has both humor and relatability."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books