Monday, December 3, 2012

Featured Author/Illustrator: Tomie DePaola

Tomie DePaola has been writing and illustrating children's books for over forty years.  His illustrations are featured in over 250 books -- 100 of which he wrote himself!

One of Mr. DePaola's favorite characters is Strega Nona -- whose name means "grandma witch." She is not a mean and wicked witch, however -- more like the kindly, great-to-have-around kind of witch. You can find Strega Nona, and her pal Big Anthony, in several books, but my favorite is her very first book which received a Caldecott Honor Award in 1976.

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