Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in Saint Paul. He was born and raised in South Dakota—which sounds much more exotic than it actually is. His commissioned works include editorial, book, advertising and pattern illustration. In 2017, he received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
His first book, "Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen," was published in 2017 with Ten Speed Press.
He recently illustrated his first picture book, When We Walked on the Moon, written by David Long & published by Wide Eyed Press in 2019. He also illustrated the follow-up, When Darwin Sailed the Sea, which will be published in July 2020.