After his birth on July 9, 1947, in Adams, Massachusetts, Koscielniak grew up and graduated with a degree in commercial art from Vesper George School of Art before serving in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. After his tour of duty, Koscielniak worked for the U.S. Postal Service until he turned to writing and illustrating full-time.
He began his career creating books mostly for young children with characters that were mainly animals. Hector and Prudence was published in 1990. After a series of fictional stories, Koscielniak changed course to write and illustrate nonfiction books based on art, music, and history. The Story of the Incredible Orchestra is such a book that took over two years to research and write. His future projects will describe the conveniences brought to people by modern inventions. First Koscielniak will explore the history of making glass. Looking at Glass through the Ages is his current work-in-progress.
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