Artist, author, and naturalist Jim Arnosky. Courtesy of Jim Arnosky

During the month of May, the Camden Public Library will exhibit “Wild Animals, Wild Places,” a show of paintings by artist, author, and naturalist Jim Arnosky. Arnosky’s books for young readers inspire a love of nature. The artwork on exhibit will feature scenes of wildlife, habitat, and culture from places where he and his wife Deanna travel to research his books.

This show of artwork corresponds with the Camden Public Library’s celebration of Children’s Book Week, May 2 – 8. The public is invited to join the celebration by visiting the exhibit and joining Arnosky for an in-person reception at the library Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Arnosky’s books will not be available for sale during the event, but the artist welcomes fans to bring their own copies to be signed.

Arnosky grew up in Pennsylvania where nature and the lives of wild animals became life-long interests. Self-taught in art and science, he has written and illustrated over one hundred books and illustrated numerous books written by other authors ⁠— always about outdoor subjects.

With his wife Deanna as his field partner, the couple have researched, photographed, and videotaped the animals they have found in their travels. All of Arnosky’s books began on the pages of his field journals, which he still keeps to this day.

Courtesy of Jim Arnosky


Arnosky’s books have been honored by the New York Academy of Science, the Washington Post/Children’s’ Book Guild, the Orbis Pictus Award committee, the National Science Teachers Association, the John Burroughs Association, and the American Association for Advancement of Science. He won the Christopher Medal for uplifting works, and his books have been translated and published around the world.

Courtesy of Jim Arnosky


Paintings in the show will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Camden Public Library.

For more information about the exhibit and the artist reception, visit