Matt Tavares

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading.

His first published picture book, Zachary's Ball (Candlewick Press) was published in 2000. It won a Massachusetts Book Award Honor and was named one of "40 Classic New England Children's Books" by Yankee Magazine. His latest picture book is Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever.

Tavares has illustrated and/or written at least 20 books since then. His work has won many awards, including three Parents' Choice Gold Awards. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art.

Tavares lives in Maine with his wife and two children.

Matt Tavares' video presentation goes public at 2:00 p.m., and is about thirteen minutes long.