Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio, and moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 14 years old. While in junior high and high school he created comic books lampooning his teachers, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece.
Since 1978 he has illustrated over 120 children's books, thirty or so of which he wrote as well. Among his many honors he has gained a place on the New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list and on the 2003 Children’s Literature Choice list. He has received a National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben award for Book Illustration, the 2004 Christopher Award for his book illustrations, a Maryland Blue Crab Award in 2007 and 2010 and the 2009 California Young Readers Medal.
He has displayed his original art in France, Romania and the USA, including the prestigious Original Art, the annual children’s book art show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. He is a fan of mystery novels and enjoys cooking, traveling, eating and absorbing French culture and inspiration, as well as a few extra kilos, in his new home in Paris, France.