Nebraska Authors

Bruce Arant

Born ≈ 1957

Bruce Arant

Bruce Arant

Children’s book author/illustrator Bruce Arant is self-taught in a variety of mediums that include chalk pastel, oil pastel, graphite, ink, colored pencil and watercolor. Arant maintains a very active speaking schedule with regard to his writing and illustrating work. He engages audiences in elementary schools, public libraries, teachers' conferences and community organizations, with lively book readings and fun-filled, imagination-driven drawing exercises. Prior to launching Arant Creative Group as a full-time illustrator, author and editor, he enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the magazine and custom publishing industry, where he held a variety of editorial and creative positions.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Washington D.C.

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Visual Work


Children's Fiction; Children's Art; Journalism


High School Diploma, Burke High School, Omaha, NE
Bachelor's degree in Marketing, University of Nebraska, Omaha


Business Owner

Places Worked

Family owned company, F.M. Arant Company, Wholesaler
Arant Creative Group
Design Basics, Inc.
The Garlinghouse Company


Nebraska Book Awards in Children's Literature and Cover/Design/Illustration for Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep!, 2014
State of Nebraska Representative at the 2015 National Book Festival
Golden Sower Award for Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep!, 2015-16
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep!, 2017
Nebraska Book Award in Children's Picture Book category for Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep, 2018


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Nebraska Literary Heritage Association author member, 2018/2019


Simpson's Sheep Won't Go To Sleep! 2013.
Simpson's Sheep Just Want To Sleep! 2017.

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