July 20, 2013
Illustrator Marc Simont, 97, whose work adorned some of the most celebrated titles in children's literature, died Saturday at his home in Cornwall, Conn., his son, Marc "Doc" Simont, said. With a pared-down style that matched painterly use of color with loose lines, Mr. Simont illustrated close to 100 books. In 1957, he won the Caldecott Medal, one of the top honors in American children's literature, for his illustrations for A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. His work also won Caldecott Honor awards in 1950 for Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day and in 2002 for The Stray Dog , based on a story by Reiko Sassa.
June 26, 2013 |
WHEN JERRY Pinkney was a boy growing up in Germantown, he and his siblings drew on their bedroom wall. When the kids' artwork filled the space, "My father would simply paint over it, and we'd start over again," said Pinkney. Sound like James H. and Willie Mae Pinkney were permissive parents? Nope. More like prescient. Today, Jerry Pinkney, 73, is one of our country's foremost illustrators, especially of children's books. He's painted pioneering reinterpretations of the Tales of Uncle Remus and John Henry . He's masterfully retold Aesop's fables, Bible stories, and real and fictional tales of African-American families, from slavery through today.
May 13, 2012 |
I was moved to tears Tuesday when a colleague phoned to say that Maurice Sendak, the celebrated children's book author and illustrator, had died. Sendak's books have been an important presence in my life for almost as long as I can remember. My very first childhood book-related memory is of my brother's copy of Sendak's most famous book, Where the Wild Things Are, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. When my own children came into the world, this is a book I read to them over and over again, partly out of nostalgia but mostly out of a recognition that Sendak's stories and pictures serve to validate the unique and complicated perspective that children have of the world around them.
May 10, 2012 |
Maurice Sendak, 83, artist and writer, who told stories about the truth, light and dark, to children and adults alike, died Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He had had a stroke four days before. Studded with groundbreaking successes such as Where the Wild Things Are (which won the 1964 Caldecott Medal, for the best American picture book for children) and In the Night Kitchen (1970), Mr. Sendak's 65-year career was that of a son of immigrants, a high-school graduate who carved out a singular, permanent place in writing history - and not only for kids.
April 30, 2010 |
Taken together, the 65 works by 35 artists in the Brandywine River Museum's exhibition "Drawing from a Story: Illustrations by Selected Caldecott Medal Winners" suggest both a celebration and a critique of contemporary American values. Being celebrated are seven decades of book illustrations that have received the medal for American children's book illustration, the most prestigious award of its kind. The range of subject matter is impressive - from animals mentioned in the Bible (1938, the first medal)
February 9, 2010 |
The sixth time was the charm for Jerry Pinkney, the famed children's book illustrator who was Philadelphia born and bred. Pinkney, who now lives in Westchester County, N.Y., and has more than 100 books to his credit, has been named a Caldecott honoree five times in his 46 years as an illustrator. But he never won the top prize. And while being an honoree is nice, he said yesterday in a telephone interview, it is like winning a silver medal at the Olympics. Close, but no cigar.
January 28, 2003 |
A medieval coming-of-age story and a lighthearted animal romp received the highest awards for writing and illustration in children's literature yesterday. A Philadelphia artist also received high honors. Avi, author of Crispin: The Cross of Lead, received the Newbery Medal for writing. Illustrator Eric Rohmann received the Caldecott Medal for his work on My Friend Rabbit. The awards were the highlight of the American Library Association's winter meeting held here. Awards were announced in several categories, including the Coretta Scott King Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of children's books.
February 14, 2002 |
Fans of children's literature may be quite familiar with their favorite author's creations, but how much do they know about what makes that author tick? For instance, how many Lloyd Alexander readers know that he conceived the settings and characters for his early fantasy stories while working as a military intelligence officer in Wales during World War II? Or how many Beverly Cleary enthusiasts know that the writer of the wildly successful Ramona series struggled painfully with reading as a girl in Oregon?
February 2, 1999 |
Louis Sachar, whose innovative book Holes tells the story of a bad-luck inmate assigned to dig one deep hole every day, and Mary Azarian, illustrator of Snowflake Bentley, about a boy who loves snow, have won the 1999 Newbery and Caldecott Medals, respectively, the most prestigious awards in children's literature. The awards were announced yesterday, along with a bevy of other prize winners, by the American Library Association, which is holding its midwinter meeting at the Convention Center until tomorrow.
December 13, 1998 |
Even if you haven't read any of his books, you're probably at least somewhat familiar with David Macaulay. That's because his books are so whimsical and so neatly illustrated that they just about jump out at you from bookstore displays. They include such titles as Cathedral, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, City, Underground, Rome Antics and The Way Things Work. Macaulay also won the Caldecott Medal for Black and White. And now, 20 years after he wrote The Way Things Work, of which more than 2.5 million copies have been sold worldwide, Macaulay is back with The New Way Things Work (Houghton Mifflin, $35)