Patricia Keeler has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books including SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, (Sky Pony Press), LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, (Sky Pony Press), and DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET, (Lee and Low Books).
Patricia received the Christopher Medal for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF, sharing the spotlight with other recipients such as the writers of Toy Story and Laura Hillenbrand. She won the New York Book Festival and the Best Overall Purple Dragonfly Award. More than 100,000 copies of her Lee&Low/Bebop paperback books are in print.
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.
An original painting from DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET (Lee and Low Books) was purchased by the Kerlan Collection’s curator, Lisa Von Drasek at the Children’s Art Auction, Book Expo America. 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 collected her entire DRUMBEAT file, from illustrated pages, galleys, proofs, acceptance letter, contract, pages of editorial critiques and early sketches to the final paintings – now all available for emerging artists to explore the illustration process.
Patricia lives and makes picture books Hoboken, New Jersey. She has a store for pillows and greeting cards under Patricia Keeler Art at society6.