Caldecott Medal

Tomie dePaola (1934-2020)

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola has passed away at the age of 85.

Best known for works like Strega Nona, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, and Quiet, dePaola wrote and illustrated more than 200 books.  He was an artist from a young age, earning a scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  He worked in a wide variety of media, from acrylic paint to collage to pen and ink, creating relatable images with his young audience in mind.  “I try to be as clear and simple as I can be in my illustrations,” he told the Globe, “so that the child can tell what is going on and what the emotions are.”

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