Brian P. Cleary was born in Lakewood, Ohio, on October 1, 1959. He earned a B.A. from John Carroll University in 1982.
Cleary is the author of numerous books for children, including Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More About Adjectives (Lerner/Carolrhoda, 2009); Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry (2004); A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (1999); Give Me Bach My Schubert (1996), which was named a Children's Choice selection by the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council; and You Never Sausage Love (1996).
His work garnered American Booksellers Association Kid's Pick of the List citations in 1999 and 2000. He has also published humor articles, essays, features, and cartoons in local and national magazines, and has lead word-related workshops at elementary schools all over the country.
Brian P. Cleary currently serves as Senior Editor on the Humor Staff of American Greetings. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.