Anna-Maria L. Crum is a freelance illustrator, writer, and designer. Born in Pasadena, California, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she worked as a landman in the oil industry for eight years before pursuing her passion, childrenâ€™s literature. Crum received a BA in English from Ohio State University and an AAS in commercial art from Arapahoe Community College.
Experienced in designing books and marketing materials, Crum taught illustration, graphic design, typography, and childrenâ€™s writing at Arapahoe Community College and childrenâ€™s book design and illustration courses at the Art Institute of Colorado. She also served as a freelance art director for Pacific Learning for six years. Crum has been writing, designing, and illustrating childrenâ€™s books since 1988 and has written eighteen books, illustrated thirty-five, and designed more than one hundred.
Crum is a member of the Society of Childrenâ€™s Book Writers and Illustrators and serves on the board for the Picture Book Artists Association. She serves as a judge for the Paul Gillette Awards sponsored by the Pikes Peak Writers organization. Crum has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. She resides in Denver, Colorado.