Ilse Plume

illustration instructor

Ilse Plume is an internationally renowned children’s book author and illustrator who has illustrated stories from Italy, Latvia, Russia, and Sweden. She was inspired to illustrate children’s books by her daughter, and her love of tales around the world was nurtured by her grandfather.

Her books include: The Bremen Town Musicians, which received the Caldecott Honor, and her just-released book, The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons. She has shown her work in exhibitions at the Concord Free Public Library and the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. 

Ilse has an M.F.A. and B.F.A. from Drake University and studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata Studio in Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of the 1985 Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship. She has taught at numerous institutions  including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Harvard/Radcliffe Seminars as well as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She currently teaches at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is working on her next book project.