Maryann Held is a Philadelphia-area based children's book illustrator who has been working professionally for over ten years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Maryann attended the University of the Arts. 

After living in Brooklyn, NY for several years, Maryann returned to Philly to work full time as sole in-house assistant illustrator for the Berenstain Bears. During the five years with the Bears she illustrated over two dozen titles. 

Maryann now works full time as a freelance illustrator, where she pursues her passion for classic children's illustration. 

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