David A. Carter was born March 4, 1957 in Salt Lake City. Utah. He attended Utah State University where he studied art and illustration. David worked several years as graphic designer and a paste up artist. While working at one job he learned the fine art of Paper-Engineering and Pop-Up bookmaking. He created his first book How Many Bugs in a Box? and has created more than 50 pop-up books since. David lives in California with his wife and daughters where he grows vegetables and native plants and does volunteer work.