John Bemelmans Marciano was born in 1970 and grew up on a horse farm in Three Bridges, New Jersey — an hour’s drive from downtown Manhattan. He graduated from Columbia University, and worked at a variety of jobs, including reporter in a small town. He is a self-taught artist and works in a studio that sits right across the street from his childhood farm. The studio is a converted 100-year-old country department store.
While looking through some of his grandfather’s belongings, Marciano discovered a completed manuscript for a Madeline story with rough sketches that hinted at what the final illustrations might look like. Bemelmans Marciano took this story and developed a finished set of drawings to publish Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales, a new addition to the series his grandfather started.
In addition to this first Madeline book, Bemelmans Marciano has written several other Madeline stories (one set in Rome), a first-person chapter book about a squirrel who lives in a New York City park (Harold’s Tail), a picture book about a resourceful and individualistic lamb (Delilah), and a book on the life and art of Ludwig Bemelmans.