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.
Their old world-styled, detailed illustrations for their series of informational storybooks set a new standard in nonfiction for children. An American ABC won a Caldecott Honor in 1941 and The Rooster Crows: a Book of American Rhymes and Jingles was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1946. The team produced picture books for more than 30 years. Miska died in 1960.