Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association
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My kids love this book, but especially my almost 4 year old. She "reads" it every day and has much of it memorized!Published 13 days ago by Kristina A Muskewitz
My five year old great nephew loved it and we read it countless timesPublished 16 days ago by Geraldine Meoni
Don't recommended if you don't have a good imagination. You have to make up your own dragon and knight story. I didn't know that until I opened it up.Published 17 days ago by vatha vann
I cannot believe how much my son LOVED this book from the very first time we read it. I was surprised to find many of the pictures do not have words with them. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ian Celino
Fun story. My 3 year old son enjoys the characters' clumsy attempts at fighting.Published 27 days ago by Gray L.
My almost-4-year-old son loves this book. He's interested in knights and fighting, like many little boys. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ariel
Cute story. Allows children to use imagination, not great if you are practicing out loud reading skills, but good book other than that part.Published 1 month ago by Ang96