Peck, Beth


Peck was born August 11, 1957, in New York. She received a B. F. A. from the Rhode Istland School of Design in 1979 and also studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. She got interested in illustrating children’s books at Dial Books, where she worked designing books. Drawing was her passion and she studied with Uri Shulevitz in order to learn how to plan out a picture book. She received her first full-color picture book from William Morrow, and from there began to have steady illustration work.Now she lives in Menomonie, WI.

Selected Work

Title: A Christmas Memory

Author: Truman Capote

Illustrator: Beth Peck

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Year: 2006

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Format: Hardcover; 48 pages; 23.6 cm x 18.8 cm

ISBN: 0375837892; 978-0375837890

MARC Record

In this holiday story, Peck’s watercolor-and-ink full-page illustrations, reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger, greatly enhance the text. Her use of lighter shades, tawny colors, and fine lines plus a background wash which suggests rather than delineates detail is perfect for this holiday memory of Christmas celebrated in rural Alabama in the early 1930s. (From

Other Works

A Nickel, A Trolley, A Treasure House. Written by Sharon Reiss Baker. Viking, 2006.

Abbie in Stitches. Written by Cynthia Cotten. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Music for the End of Time. Written by Jen Bryant. Eerdman’s, 2005. Bank Street Best Children’s Books List, 2006.

Bicycle Madness. Written by Jane Kurtz. Henry Holt, 2004.

Just Like Josh Gibson. Written by Angela Johnson. Simon & Schuster, 2004.

A Picture of Grandmother. Written by Esther Hautzig. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor, 2002.

Jason Rat-a-tat. Written by Colby Rodowsky. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.

How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story. Written by Eve Bunting. Sandpiper, 1990. Story Time Selection, Public Television, 1996.

The House on Maple Street. Written by Bonnie Pryor. HarperCollins, 1992. Notable Children’s Trade Book, Field of Social Studies, 1987.

More works of Beth Peck could be found here.

More Information

Beth Peck: Official Publisher Page


3 Responses to “Peck, Beth”

  1. Andrea Anderson Says:

    Dear Beth Peck,
    I am hoping you receive this message. My name is Andrea Anderson, Coordinator of Student Activities at the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative. I organize enrichment programs for students. My question to you is, would you be interested in doing residencies in our regions local school for our Children’s Author & Illustrator Program this coming April? Please contact me either way. Thank you for your time.

  2. Judy beaver Says:

    I have A Christmas Memory in my hands and decided I needed to know more about the artist. I love the way you present the people and places in this book. It is one of my favorites. Will be keeping an eye out for some of your other examples. I an a 69 year old grandma of 4. 2 of each. Have shared this book with them at this time of the year and really enjoy watching their eyes light up. God bless you.

  3. Katherine Runyan Says:

    To Beth Peck
    I have just read (for the umpteenth time) Capote’s A Christmas Memory. My book was published in 1989. Your dedication was “For Alan”.
    Each time I read it, I appreciate your very fine illustrations. You have created exactly what we imagine Buddy and Miss Sook look like. And the detail is amazing.
    As a Senior Citizen, I need to let you know that your art is very appreciated.

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