Tomie dePaola

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Tomie dePaola

Awards and Honors1976 Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona1990 Smithson Medal1990 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Anderson Award in illustration1993 Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association1999 New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure2000 Newbery Honor Award for 26 Fairmount Avenue2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children"

About Tomie dePaolaTomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. At a young age, dePaola knew he wanted to be an artist and eventually write and illustrate books. His family is Irish and Italian and many of his books reflect his heritage. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he studied art. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. He has written and/or illustrated over 200 books including the beloved Strega Nona series. Since 2011, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators offers the Tomie dePaola Award for Illustrators, which is given annually to an illustrator chosen by dePaola based on a given prompt. He currently lives in London, New Hampshire.

Selected Books

dePaola, T. (1975). Strega Nona. New York, NY: Simon ' Schuster Books for Young Readers. : Strega Nona, a Grandma Witch, hires Big Anthony from the village to be her assistant but she warns him not to touch her magic pasta pot! When Strega Nona goes away, Big Anthony's curiosity about the magic pasta pot is too much and it's up to Strega Nona to fix his mess.

dePaola, T. (1992). Jamie O'Rourke and the big potato an Irish folktale. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons. : Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in Ireland and when he catches a leprechaun instead of taking it's pot of gold, Jamie is given a wish where one seed will grow the biggest pratie in the world. Jamie plants this seed and soon finds that having the biggest potato in the world can cause many problems.

dePaola, T. (1992). Patrick patron Saint of Ireland. New York, NY: Holiday House. : An Irish boy named Patrick was sold into slavery he eventually escapes and devotes his life to God. Many years later, Patrick returns to Ireland and preaches the Word of God to the Irish people but he also must overcome the nonbelievers who do not want Christianity spread.

Tomie dePaola

ReferencesdePaola, T. (2015). Tomie dePaola, Retrieved from, B. (1999) Tomie dePaola his art ' his stories. New York, BY: G.P. Putman's Sons.Googreads. (2015). Tomie dePaola. Retrieved from (2015). Biography: Tomie dePaola. Retrieved from*All images retreived from

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