Simms Taback

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Simms Taback

He wrote and/or illustrated over 40 children's books. His most popular books were There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, This is the House that Jack Built, Postcards from Camp, and I Miss You Every Day.

He recieved the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.Simms received a Caldecott Honor for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, one of two books designated as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and the Children’s Book of the Year selection from The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).He also received several Notable Book designations from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and the Sidney Taylor Award.

Simms Taback was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 40 books. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and was a runner-up in 1998 for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild (later the New York Graphic Artists Guild) and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.Taback designed the first McDonald's Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.


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