From drawing pictures for the stories he overheard as a boy in his family’s College Hill barbershop to the 2012 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award for a book he illustrated, Terrace Park artist Will Hillenbrand has led a life full of colorful images and characters.

Those images and characters are on display in the exhibit “The Book Art of Will Hillenbrand” at the Main Library atrium through Jan. 6, 2014. Selections include his illustrations from beloved children’s books such as Bear in Love, Spring Is Here!, Whopper Cake, Down by the Barn, Mother Goose Picture Puzzles, and Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.

Join us at the Main Library for an Art Exhibit Opening Celebration 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8. Hillenbrand will talk about his career and sign books afterwards.

Besides the Parents’ Choice award for “Bear in Love,” other accolades Hillenbrand has won include the 1990 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators; a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for the first picture book he illustrated, Traveling to Tondo; and Children’s Choice Awards from the International Reading Association for Sam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel and The House That Drac Built.