Patricia Keeler has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books including SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, Sky Pony Press 2018, LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, Sky Pony Press 2017, and DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET, Lee and Low Books 2014.
Patricia received the Christopher Medal in 2011 for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF. . . , written by Wendy LaGuardia, sharing the spotlight with other recipients such as the writers of Toy Story and Laura Hillenbrand. WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF . . . also won the New York Book Festival and the Best Overall Purple Dragonfly Award.
Patricia has been positively reviewed by the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW and the SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW along with other major publications like Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist and The Horn Book. Her work has been a selection of the Junior Library Guild and the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club.
It bears mention that upon donating the first original painting from DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET (Lee and Low Books, 2006) to the Children’s Art Auction, Book Expo America, May 2014, her piece was purchased by the Kerlan Collection’s curator, Lisa Von Drasek. The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota may be the largest collection of children’s books in the world, as they house more than 100,000 books, as well as original manuscripts, galleys and color proofs.
Eventually the University was interested in her entire DRUMBEAT file, from illustrated pages, galleys, proofs, acceptance letter, contract, pages of editorial critiques, early sketches to the final paintings – now all available for emerging artists to explore the illustration process.
Patricia lives and makes picture books, posters, and greeting cards in Hoboken, New Jersey.