Peter Spier was one of the United States’ most popular and renowned illustrators. His books, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, won numerous awards and honors: Noah's Ark won the Caldecott Medal and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a Caldecott Honor Book. His book People was awarded the Christopher medal, was nominated for an American Book Award, and received the National Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "outstanding contributions to better human relations and the cause of brotherhood."
Spier was born and educated in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he served in the Royal Dutch Navy. He illustrated more than 100 books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. In addition to illustrating and writing, Spier was an avid and celebrated builder of model ships. Peter Spier died in 2017 at the age of 89.