Robert Lawson was born October 4, 1892. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, showing absolutely no interest in art. However, a class in high school sparked his curiosity and sent him off to the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. In 1914, he moved to Greenwich Village, illustrating magazines, working on stage sets, and taking a few commercial jobs. After serving in World War I, he began doing illustrations for Century Magazine.
His first book, Little Prince Too Fat, was published in 1922. He wrote and illustrated many books, including Rabbit Hill, for which he won the Newbery Award in 1944. Another book he illustrated,Adam of the Road won the Newbery Award in 1943. His last book was The Big Wheel.
Robert Lawson died in 1957..