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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Great book! Love the pictures and collection of familiar and less common rhymes.Published 21 days ago by Sh2007
Loved this book as a child and was so happy to find it for my niece!Published 3 months ago by Kelley M Rodriguez
This is my 7 year old granddaughters favorite book to read to herself. She lives in Florida so we now have a copy at my house and she now has her own copy.Published 4 months ago by Tracey A. Dye
I purchased this book for reading to my grandchildren. My daughters copy is all worn out. I am happy its still in print. Read morePublished 5 months ago by steward r maines
We always buy it for all folks with new arrivals, and grammas too...highly recommended ! You'll be glad you did.Published 14 months ago by daniel w. mullin
Tomie dePaola's illustrations are beautiful and classic. They help bring favorite nursery rhymes to life. My kids & I love it!Published 14 months ago by LMA
DePaola's particular style of illustration goes well with the traditional rhymes. In his particular version, every rhyme has its own
Mother Goose rhymes are an excellent way to introduce a child to the world of language. This particular author and illustrator have created a very child-friendly book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marla B
This book was given to me years ago when my children were little. I purchased this for my granddaughter to have and enjoy with her mom and dad.Published 18 months ago by PBAKER63