Klaas Verplancke is an author, illustrator, animator and professor of illustration whose clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, and MOMA. A finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration and a frequent nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Verplancke has written and illustrated books that have won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award and been selected for the White Raven and IBBY Honor lists. In the spring of 2020, his animated poster “Save Lives. Live Safe. #keepdistance” appeared on Times Square screens, the double-sided Lincoln Tunnel billboard, and 1,800 linkNYC screens throughout New York City and was promoted via interviews on PBS Newshour and more.