Dave Szalay is an award-winning illustrator/designer, a writer, and professor with a creative career spanning over three decades. He teaches illustration, visual storytelling, and design. Past clients include notable global corporations, institutions, healthcare providers, museums, technology companies, and many others.

Dave is an honors recipient of the National Portfolio Showcase by the Society Of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and has been recognized with over 20 Addy’s from the American Advertising Association and multiple Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council.

Dave lives in the Village of Richfield near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The forests and wildlife that surround their home serve as major inspiration, as do folktales and travel destinations with adventurous landscapes and environments.

Dave Szalay

Dave Szalay

Illustrator

 TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS (2020)

Taking your monster on a road trip this summer? Or letting your favorite beast tag along on a family beach vacation? Wherever you and your monster are traveling, Travel Guide for Monsters is full of essential tips to help you both enjoy the sights from coast to coast—and avoid monster-related mishaps. (Ages 4-8)

THE TRUE STORY OF ZIPPY CHIPPY: THE LITTLE HORSE THAT COULDN’T (2020)

Zippy Chippy is descended from the leading legends of horse racing. He is destined for greatness and glory.

But . . . when the starting bell rings, it’s anybody’s guess what Zippy will do. Will Zippy go for a gentle trot around the track or stop and smell the roses? Or, perhaps, never even leave the starting gate?! This remarkable story of the famed racehorse who lost every race is sure to win your heart! (Ages 4-8)

THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN (2019)

Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.

Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the BEST wrestler, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller?

Nineteen poems share fascinating stories about events in Lincoln’s life, while history notes go even deeper into how he excelled. Don’t forget to think of all the ways you, too, are superlative! (Ages 4-8)