Additional Biographical Information

GERSTEIN, Mordicai 1935-

PERSONAL: Born November 24, 1935, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Samuel (a playwright) and Fay (a homemaker) Gerstein; married Sandra MacDonald (a painter), 1957 (divorced, 1969); married Susan Yard Harris (an artist and illustrator), May, 1984; children: (first marriage) Jesse, Aram; (second marriage) Risa Faye. Nationality: American. Education: Attended Chouinard Art Institute, 1953-56. Hobbies and other interests: Painting, drawing, bicycling, reading, cooking, traveling.

ADDRESSES: Home—[Northampton, MA.}136 Reservoir Road, Westhampton, MA 01027 Email–

CAREER: Writer, designer, and illustrator of books for children; animated film writer, director, and producer; painter. United Productions of America, artist-designer at studio in Los Angeles, CA, 1956-57, and New York, NY, beginning 1957; freelance animation designer/director in New York, NY; Summer Star Productions (animation company), New York, NY, founding owner, 1969-79.


  • New York Times Notable Children’s Books designation, 2016, for I Am Pan!
  • Choices designation, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and Best Children’s Books selection, Bank Street College of Education, both 2014, both for The First Drawing
  • ALA Notable Children’s Books designation, 2010, for A Book!
  • BookList Top Ten Books on the Environment for Youth, for The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
  • Parent’s Choice Award– silver medalist, for The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
  • California Library Association Beatty Award, for The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries, 2006, for Sholom’s Treasure by Erica Silverman
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, 2004, The Man Who Walked between the Towers
  • Caldecott Medal, 2004, for The Man Who Walked between the Towers
  • Parents’ Choice Award, 2002, for What Charlie Heard
  • Notable Children’s Books selection, American Library Association (ALA), 2002, for What Charlie Heard
  • Notable Book citation, New York Times, 1998, for Victor
  • Best Illustrated Book citation, New York Times, 1998, for The Wild Boy
  • Parents’ Choice Award, 1998, for The Wild Boy
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award Gold Medal, first prize for children’s entertainment, 1989, for film Beauty and the Beast
  • American Film Institute Video Awards, first prize for short video, 1989, for film Beauty and the Beast
  • Chicago International Festival of Children’s films, 1989, for film Beauty and the Beast
  • Parents’ Choice Award, 1989, for film Beauty and the Beast
  • Ten Best-Illustrated Children’s Books, 1987, for The Mountains of Tibet
  • Notable Book citations, New York Times Book Review, 1987, for The Mountains of Tibet
  • Parents’ Choice Award, 1986, for Tales of Pan
  • Outstanding Books citation, New York Times, 1983, for Arnold of the Ducks
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award, International Film and Television Festival of New York, 1967, for film The Magic Ring
  • Award of the Film Clubs of France, 1966, for film The Room