Adrienne Adams, born on February 8th, 1906, was a dedicated illustrator, rising at 5 am to paint before she went off to her job as a teacher. Even when she became a full time illustrator in 1952, she still kept up that early morning schedule.
In 1935, she married John Anderson, a children’s book writer. Her first illustrated children’s book was one he wrote, Bag of Smoke.
She was well-known for titles such as Caldecott Honor books Houses from the Sun (1962) and The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up (1962), as well as A Woggle of Witches, Jan Wahl’s Cabbage Moon, and Rumer Godden’s Mouse House. She painted in full color using tempera, gouache, watercolor, or crayon. In 1973, she received the Rutgers Award for overall contributions to children’s literature.
Ms. Adams passed away on December 3, 2002.