Richard Cuffari was born on March 2nd, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York. Cuffari won numerous awards for his artwork, even as a high school student, but his immigrant parents couldn’t do much financially to help him. After serving in the Army during WW2, Cuffari enrolled at Pratt Institute and graduated in 1949. Cuffari began a career as a children’s book illustrator in 1966, with his first project, The Wind in the Willows. He went on to illustrate nearly 200 books, specializing in historical and non-fiction books. He was awarded the Society of Illustrators’ Citation of Merit and the Christopher Award. Cuffari died in 1978.