Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator known for her acclaimed children’s picture books, including The Wind in the Willows, A Mouse Told His Mother, Little Mouse’s Painting and R is for Rhode Island Red. Begin’s first authored series, Willow Buds, published by Little Brown and Co., has recently been optioned for children’s television animation. Begin has exhibited nationally at Storyopolis, the Society of Illustrators, and Books of Wonder Galleries in New York and Beverly Hills and locally at the National Museum of American Illustration and the Fleet Library at RISD. She is the recipient of the Steven Donahos Award from the Society of Illustrators, multiple Awards of Excellence from Communications Arts, the Irma Simonton Black Award and the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair, Italy. She is a senior critic for RISD’s Illustration department.