Bill Peet worked on many classic animated films. He was born in Grandview, Indiana, then moved to Indianapolis at the age of three, eventually attending the Herron School of Art and Design (which can be visited) before trying out as an animator for a major movie company. After many years of working as an artist there, he wrote a children’s picture book and then left the company to write about thirty more.

All of Peet’s children’s books are on the Accelerated Reading list, according to, so you may get extra credit for reading them, if you are a student at an Elementary school that has the Accelerated Reading program.

Bill Peet’s handprints and signature can also be seen on a plaque at the movie company’s headquarters even to this day.

The Herron School of Art and Design is the second stop on our Indiana Trail!

Patricia Smart