Edwin Burdette Tunis (1897–1973) was an American painter, mural artist, book illustrator, radio announcer, actor, theater set designer and author.
As a children's writer Tunis was one runner-up for the Newbery Medal in 1962. He moreover won the Thomas A. Edison Foundation Children's Book Award for special excellence in portraying America's past.
He wrote and illustrated several books, including: Oars, Sails, and Steam: A Picture Book of Ships; Weapons; Wheels; Colonial Living; and Indians.
Tunis was born in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, on December 8, 1897. He grew up moving a lot because his father's job was installing steam engines at factories all over the country.
As an adult he lived most of his computer graphics in Maryland.