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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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Mikolaycak, Charles

Charles Mikolaycak (pronounced “Mike-o-lay-chak”) was born on January 26, 1937. “When I illustrate I am aware of many things; storytelling, graphic design, sequence of images and my own interests in which I can indulge. I never ‘draw-down’ to a projected audience. I feel children are most surprisingly capable of meeting a challenge and instinctively understand […]

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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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Marshall, James

James Marshall was born on October 10, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas, where his father worked for the railroad and had a dance band. James studied the viola and received a scholarship for the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He intended to have a musical career until he injured his hand when jerked […]

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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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Lionni, Leo

Born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1910, Leo Lionni received his doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa. But he found himself drawn to the artwork he’d been practicing since age six. In 1933, he began his career in advertising design as an art director for a food supplier. In 1939, in order to […]

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Wyeth, N.C.

Born October 22, 1882, in Needham, Massachusetts, Newell Convers Wyeth is one of America’s most beloved artists and children’s book illustrators. He grew up on a farm near Walden Pond. His mother encouraged him to pursue his artistic talent, but his father told him to be practical and be educated as a draftsman. To that […]

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Williams, Garth

Whether or not you recognize Garth Williams’ name, you must surely recognize his illustrations. Born on April 16, 1912, in New York City, his was an artistic family. As he said, “Everybody in my home was always either painting or drawing.” Growing up on a farm in New Jersey must have given him an excellent […]

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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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