Max Kornell

I grew up in Santa Barbara with three brothers and a sister. In a family that size, you have to specialize and nobody else liked to draw, so I took that on. Eventually my interest in drawing took me to Rhode Island to study art. After college I started pursuing work as an illustrator and even landed a regular comic in the LA Weekly. I am very happy that now I get to share the stories and drawings I’ve been making all my life in picture books!


I live in Los Angeles and teach first grade at Crossroads Elementary School. My lovely wife, Erin is also a teacher. My seven year old daughter, Psipsina, my five year old son, Ajax and my two year old daughter, Ramona, are my teachers.

Bear with Me, Penguin, 2011