David portrait

Thirsty BAby


All the Awake Animals

Pig Pig Returns

The Abandoned Lighthouse

Big Brown Bear Goes to Town

The Family Tree

My Mother Goose

Who Loves the Little Lamb

Welcome to the David McPhail Illustrations website.  You may wonder what happens to the original illustrations used in publishing David’s books.  David provides some of the illustrations to Surroundings Art Gallery for sale.  David has been a contributing artist at Surroundings for many years.   

We created this website exclusively to show what is available for purchase.  You don’t have to be a parent or a grandparent to appreciate his talent.  His original illustrations can be used in many different settings to provide a unique conversation piece.

We encourage you to look at his work and contact us if you are interested in purchasing any of the illustrations or have any questions about his work.


David portrait

David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, he began illustrating. His first book was “The RUNJUMPBUMB Book” by Robert Brooks – published by Little Brown and Company, Boston. Later that same year (1971), the first of his own stories was published. It is titled “In the Summer I Go Fishing” published by Addison-Wesley Press. In 1972, “The Bear’s Toothache” was published by the Atlantic Monthly Press. Thus began a wonderful and all-too-brief association with Emilie McLeod, Editor Extraordinaire, who published some his favorite (of his own) stories, including “Henry Bear’s Park” and “Pig Pig Grows Up”. He has continued to write and illustrate and there are now well over 100 books with his name on them.



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