Holly Meade (b. Winchester, Massachusetts, September 14, 1956 - d. June 28, 2013) was an American artist best known for her woodblock prints and for her illustrations for children's picture books.
Meade's illustrations for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby (1996, Orchard Books,) by Minfong Ho won a 1997 Caldecott Honor for illustration.
John Willy and Freddy McGee (Marshall Cavendish, 1998,) which Meade both wrote and illustrated, was an honoree for the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.
Meade was the daughter of Russell and Joanne Meade of Winchester, Massachusetts. She earned her A.B. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. She lived in Sedgwick, Maine and had 2 children, Jenny and Noah Smick.
Meade worked in "drawing, collage, printmaking, basket making, and fabric design." In 1992, she illustrated her first of many children's picture books, an endeavor that she called, “the other focus of my work life.” She began to work in woodblock printing in 2002, following a workshop with printmaker Hester Stinnett at the Haystack Mountain School. Some of her prints are in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art.
Woodblock prints illustrate some of her later picture books, including David Elliott’s series that includes On the Farm (Candlewick, 2008), In the Wild (2010) and In the Sea (2012).
She used torn paper to illustrate the 1997 book Cocoa Ice, which was given a Lupine Award by the Maine Library Association. Meade describe the challenge of illustrating the parallel story with, "pictures where a tropical place and warm palette must go hand in hand with a bare landscape and cool palette."