Ted Rand is best known for his work illustrating children's novels in his 60's, 70's, and 80's. He was born in 1916 on Mercer Island, WA. He started drawing early in his youth, traveled the world, and did portraits and advertising illustrations. He was a member of the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He became a graphic artist at Frederick & Nelson, and the Bon Marché, before founding a company called Graphic Studios. Rand also taught at the University of Washington for 20 years.
Rand illustrated 78 children's books. His drawings are on display around the country. He was awarded the Kerlan Award in May 2005 posthumously. Rand died of cancer, before he could accept the award. Some of his more recognizable works include the Salty Dog series, Jack Prelutsky, If Not for the Cat, and A Pen Pal for Max.