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Tag Archives | Caldecott Medal

Keats, Ezra Jack

Ezra Jack Keats was born on March 11, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY. He began drawing at the age of five and recalled covering his mother’s enamel-topped kitchen table with drawings and doodles. Instead of being angry, his mother protected it with a tablecloth and unveiled it for guests. Keats taught himself to paint and was […]

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Karl, Jean

Born on July 29, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, Jean E. Karl was a legendary children’s book editor and author. She began her career at Scott, Foresman & Company working with the Dick and Jane readers, then moved to Abingdon Press as their children’s book editor. In 1961, she was asked to start the Children’s Book […]

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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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Hyman, Trina Schart

Trina Schart Hyman celebrated her birthday on April 8, 1939, and was hailed as one of the great romantic illustrators of our time. She studied art in Philadelphia, Boston, and Stockholm and served as the art director for Cricket for seven years. She launched her highly successful illustrating career with Toffe Och Den Lilla Bilen […]

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Petersham, Miska

Author and illustrator Miska Petersham was born on September 20, 1888. Miska graduated from the Budapest Academy of Art in Hungary and immigrated to the United States in 1912. Miska worked as a commercial artist until marrying Maud Fuller and beginning a career in children’s books. They went on to become a Caldecott Medal-winning team. […]

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Petersham, Maud

Maud Fuller Petersham was born on August 5, 1889 in Kingston, New York and grew up to be part of a Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team. She was the daughter of a Baptist minister, graduated from Vassar, and spent a year at art school in New York where she met Miska, her lifelong collaborator. Working in […]

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Field, Rachel

Rachel Lyman Field, who was born on September 19, 1894, was a well-known author of popular children’s books during the 1920s and 1930s.. She grew up in New York City, was educated at Radcliffe. In 1929, she was the first woman to be awarded the John Newbery Medal for Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Both […]

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Ets, Marie Hall

Marie Hall Ets was born on December 16th, 1895 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her happiest memories were of summers in the North Woods of Wisconsin, which figure largely in many of her books. She attended Lawrence College, the New York School of Civics and Philanthropy, the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Academy […]

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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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d’Aulaire, Ingri Parin

Ingri Parin d’Aulaire (nee Ingri Maartenson) was born on December 27, 1904. She knew when she was very young that she wanted to be an artist and received encouragement at age 15 from one of Norway’s foremost painters, Harriet Backer. Ms. d’Aulaire studied art in Norway, Germany, and France. While at art school in Paris, she […]

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