Ed Young was born on November 28th 1931 in Tianjin, China. From an early age he loved to create stories and draw. When Young was three his family moved to Shanghai, China. When Young was twenty years old he came to the United States of America on a student study visa in Architecture. He realized his passion for illustration and changed to an art major. Young worked at an advertising agency in New York City but soon realized his heart desired more. Ed graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His first book, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories, was published in 1962, winning the American Institute of Graphic Arts award. Young won the 1990 Caldecott medal for illustrations for Lon Po Po, a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood. Young has illustrated over 80 books for children, 17 of which he has also written. Young has taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Below are 3 interviews with Ed Young discussing his work: