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Kurelek, William

Born on March 3, 1927, William Kurelek was the oldest of seven children. His family had immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine and his artwork featured both Ukranian and Canadian themes. His family owned a grain farm in Alberta and later a dairy farm in Manitoba. When William decided to pursue art, his father argued […]

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Kent, Jack

John Wellington (Jack) Kent, was born on March 10, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa. He dropped out of high school to start working as a freelance commercial artist. At age 15, he sold some of his work to Collier’s agency. He served in World War II, and then returned to the States to work in a […]

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Jones, Elizabeth Orton

In her 1945 Caldecott Medal acceptance speech for Prayer for a Child (she won the Caldecott Honor a year earlier for Small Rain: Verses for the Bible), Elizabeth Orton Jones speaks about how she does not consider herself an artist: “The very word ‘artist,’ to me, carries with it a little vision of the state […]

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Johnson, Crockett

Crockett Johnson was born David Johnson Leisk on October 20, 1906, in New York City. Crockett was a childhood nickname and so he chose it for a pen name. He studied art at Cooper Union and New York University. Like Barnaby and Harold, his most famous characters, Johnson was bald. “I draw people without hair […]

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Geisel, Theodor Seuss

Learning to read used to mean a boy named Dick and a girl named Jane—that is, until a man named Theodor Giesel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, came along on March 2, 1904. In 1957, a friend asked him to write a new kind of book that new readers would like. He was given a first grade […]

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Dillon, Leo

Born on March 2, 1993, Leo Dillon is known for his work with his wife, Diane, whose birthday is later in March. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Dillon put his talent to work first in the Navy and later after training as an illustrator. Much of the time he collaborated with his wife, Diane. Readers […]

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Dennis, Wesley

Although Marguerite Henry’s horse books are favorites with children, it can be argued that they would not be as popular without (John) Wesley Dennis’ beautiful paintings. Born in Massachusetts on May 16, 1903, Dennis worked as a magazine ad illustrator while he was going to the New School in Boston. He then traveled to Paris […]

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