Before Morning (scratchboard)
Beth Krommes, illustrator
Joyce Sidman, author
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers 2016
Beth Krommes (rhymes with Promise) has loved art since early childhood in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She was encouraged by her parents and four sisters, and eventually earned a BFA in painting from Syracuse University (which included a year abroad in London at St. Martin's School of Art) and an MAT in art education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Before turning to editorial illustration in 1989, she taught art, managed a fine handcraft shop, and art directed a computer magazine. She has been a children's book illustrator since 1999 when her first book, Grandmother Winter, was published. Although often known for her intricate wood engraving, her scratchboard with watercolor book, The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, won the Caldecott Medal in 2009. Krommes' illustrations have been described as "astonishing" and "delicate and elegant."
-Something About the Author, Gale, 2010