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Steptoe, John

Author and illustrator John Steptoe was born on Sept. 14, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories to go with them. He received formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He published his first book, Stevie, at the age of 19 (written at […]

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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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Smith, Jessie Wilcox

Born in Philadelphia on September 7, 1863, Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator whose work is still familiar and cherished more than 100 years later. She was seventeen and training to be a kindergarten teacher before she discovered that she could draw. Smith then became a student of Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy […]

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Lent, Blair

Once an illustrator wins the Caldecott Medal, he or she becomes known by that work. Illustrator Blair Lent, born on January 22, 1930, was recognized in 1973 with a Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in The Funny Little Woman and a  Caldecott Honor in 1969 for his illustrations for Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the […]

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Lenski, Lois

Lois Lenski was born on October 14, 1893 to a Lutheran minister and a schoolteacher who raised their daughter in Anna, Ohio. Her third grade teacher encouraged her to draw. She traced flowers from seed catalogs and filled them in with watercolors. She copied magazine covers. Until she was fourteen she used a twenty-five cent box […]

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Lear, Edward

Slapstick humor is an art form, and Edward Lear was a master of it in both his poetry and illustrations. Born in England on May 12, 1812, the twentieth child of his parents, Jeremiah and Ann Lear, he was raised by an older sister after his father lost his fortune. A world traveler, Lear had a variety […]

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Leaf, Munro

Munro Leaf, who celebrated his birthday on December 4th, was born in Hamilton, Maryland in 1905. He graduated from the University of Maryland and received an MA in English literature from Harvard University. He worked in publishing and met many famous book people, especially in the children’s literature field—his wife, Margaret, ran the children’s book […]

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Lawson, Robert

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 […]

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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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Kraus, Robert

Robert Kraus, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was born on June 21, 1925. His given name was Herman Robert Kraus. He dropped the Herman when he was in art school. When he was a young boy, he decided he wanted to become a cartoonist and sold his first work—to a barbershop—when he was 10. “The […]

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