Leo Lionni


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in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 05, 1910

Died
October 11, 1999

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Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

Leo Lionni has gained international renown for his paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, and sculpture, as well as for his books for children. He was born in Holland in 1910 of Dutch parents, and although his education did not include formal art courses (in fact, he has a doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa), he spent much of his free time as a child in Amsterdam's museums, tea
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Average rating: 4.16 · 92,973 ratings · 3,847 reviews · 87 distinct worksSimilar authors
Swimmy

4.13 avg rating — 21,670 ratings — published 1963 — 42 editions
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A Color of His Own

4.25 avg rating — 19,147 ratings — published 1975 — 34 editions
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Frédéric

4.19 avg rating — 19,097 ratings — published 1967 — 65 editions
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Alexander and the Wind-Up M...

4.14 avg rating — 7,782 ratings — published 1969 — 29 editions
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Inch by Inch

4.07 avg rating — 6,511 ratings — published 1960 — 25 editions
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Little Blue and Little Yellow

4.14 avg rating — 5,672 ratings — published 1959 — 29 editions
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Fish is Fish

4.09 avg rating — 2,553 ratings — published 1970 — 26 editions
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It's Mine!

3.93 avg rating — 1,145 ratings — published 1986 — 13 editions
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An Extraordinary Egg

4.04 avg rating — 969 ratings — published 1948 — 23 editions
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The Alphabet Tree

3.86 avg rating — 579 ratings — published 1968 — 10 editions
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“I believe that a good children's book should appeal to all people who have not completely lost their original joy and wonder in life. The fact is that I don't make books for children at all. I make them for that part of us, of myself and of my friends, which has never changed, which is still a child.”
Leo Lionni

“Now my wings are black, I thought, and yet I am not like my friends. We are all different. Each for his own memories, and his own invisible golden dreams.”
Leo Lionni, Tico and the Golden Wings

“Don't eat me. I am an inchworm. I am useful. I measure things.”
Leo Lionni, Inch by Inch
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