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Tag Archives | Caldecott Medal

Montresor, Beni

    Beni Montresor was born on March 31, 1926 in Bussoleno, Italy. He worked as a newspaper film critic, author of radio plays, and set designer in Italy before moving to the United States in 1960.  He continued to work as a set and costume designer for operas and musicals and began writing and […]

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McDermott, Gerald

Gerald McDermott, born on January 31, 1941, was the creator of over 25 books and films. His unique approach of balancing modern art and traditional folk design was inspired by his work in film. McDermott began taking classes at the Detroit Institute of Art at the age of four. He studied at a public high […]

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McCloskey, Robert

Born on September 15, 1914 in Hamilton, Ohio, and married to children’s librarian Margaret Durand in 1940, children’s literature legend Robert McCloskey died on June 30, 2003. The author and illustrator of eight children’s books, all published by May Massee at Viking Children’s Books, and the illustrator of ten books by other authors (one of […]

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Lobel, Arnold

Arnold Lobel, who was born on May 22, 1933, is well-known for his I-Can-Read, Easy Reader, and picture books. Among his creations are Frog and Toad, whose stories are told in four separate books, and the Caldecott Medal-winning (1981) Fables, original fables written and illustrated by Lobel. Arnold Lobel studied at the Pratt Institute where […]

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Wisniewski, David

Born March 21, 1953, Caldecott winner (Golem, 1997) David Wisniewski’s family moved frequently when he was a child as a result of his father’s career in the Air Force. Later he traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus and Vargas Circus where he worked as a puppeteer. It was during this time he met his wife […]

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Weisgard, Leonard

Leonard Weisgard was born on December 13, 1916 and wrote or illustrated nearly 200 children’s books during his 50-year career. Weisgard attended Pratt Institute and the New School for Social Research. Weisgard worked as a department store and magazine artist before publishing his first book, Suke the Siamese Pussy, in 1937. He also worked under […]

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Ward, Lynd

Born in Chicago on June 26, 1905, Lynd Ward, the son of a Methodist minister, grew up moving around and living close to new immigrants. Ward was a sickly baby and the family moved to northern Canada for several months hoping his health would improve. Upon the family’s return, Ward, now a healthier child, never […]

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Taback, Simms

Simms Taback was born February 13, 1932. Taback grew up in New York, studying art at the High School of Music and Art and Cooper Union. He worked as a graphic designer, an art director for an advertising agency, and a partner in a design firm. His grandchildren are still impressed that he designed McDonald’s […]

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Leodhas, Sorche Nic

Sorche Nic Leodhas—who was really LeClaire Alger—was born on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio. Her father and sister were both writers, and she read a great deal because she was often sick as a child. At age 17, Ms. Alger worked as a page at the Pittsburgh library. In 1926, she enrolled at the […]

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Steig, William

Called the “King of Cartoons” by Newsweek magazine, William Steig was born on November 14, 1907. He carved out dual careers as both a highly-respected and entertaining cartoonist and an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s books and novels. Steig was born into an artistic family in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Bronx, […]

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