Aaron Becker (born 1974) is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He is best known for his wordless children's book Journey, which received positive reviews in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and a Caldecott Honor in 2014.
Quest, the second book in Becker's Journey trilogy, was among a small group of children's books praised by National Public Radio (NPR) in anticipation of the announcement of the 2015 Caldecott Award nominees. Sam Juliano, in his popular Wonders in the Dark blog, also remarked on Quest's likelihood of Caldecott attention.
The final book of the trilogy, Return, was released in August 2016. Among the many publications reviewing the book were the Financial Times on 19 August 2016 and the New York Times on 26 August 2016.
Prior to his children's book work, Becker illustrated scenes in children's animated films, including The Polar Express (2004), Cars (2006), Monster House (2006), Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol.
Becker was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Pomona College in 1996, and currently lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts.Journey Trilogy (Candlewick Press)
Book 1: Journey (August 2013) ISBN 9780763660536
Book 2: Quest (August 2014) ISBN 9780763665951
Book 3: Return (August 2016) ISBN 9780763677305