Tomie dePaola

in Meriden, Connecticut, The United States
September 15, 1934

March 30, 2020



Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) was best known for his books for children.

He had a five-decade writing and illustrating career during which he published more than 270 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.

Tomie dePaola isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but they do have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from their feed.

REMEMBERING TOMIE on March 30, 2021

1980. Photograph by Kelly Wise in the Wilmot Flat, NH, kitchen.

This afternoon, one year ago, the call came that Tomie had died when an attempt was made to put a feeding tube through his nostril. The effort had dislodged a blood clot.

My greatest fear was that Tomie wouldn’t be given enough time to recover from his fall and the surgery that followed. Greatest fear realized.

One year later, it is inco

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Strega Nona

4.24 avg rating — 86,621 ratings — published 1975 — 41 editions
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The Legend of the Bluebonnet

4.20 avg rating — 5,540 ratings — published 1983 — 20 editions
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The Art Lesson

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The Clown of God

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26 Fairmount Avenue (26 Fai...

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The Legend of the Poinsettia

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Pancakes for Breakfast

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The Knight and the Dragon

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More books by Tomie dePaola…
Strega Nona Big Anthony and the Magic Ring Strega Nona's Magic Lessons Merry Christmas, Strega Nona Strega Nona Meets Her Match Strega Nona, Her Story Big Anthony: His Story
(11 books)
4.22 avg rating — 95,095 ratings

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(5 books)
4.19 avg rating — 13,927 ratings

26 Fairmount Avenue Here We All Are On My Way What a Year!: A 26 Fairmoun... Things Will Never Be the Same I'm Still Scared: A 26 Fair... Why?: The War Years
(8 books)
3.98 avg rating — 5,068 ratings

Pajamas for Kit The Knight and the Dragon Tomie de Paola's Kitten Kid...
(9 books)
4.13 avg rating — 1,851 ratings

Bill and Pete Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile Bill and Pete To The Rescue
(3 books)
3.90 avg rating — 1,681 ratings

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“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”
Tomie dePaola

“In a town in Calabria, a long time ago, there lived an old lady everyone called Strega Nona, which meant "Grandma Witch".”
Tomie dePaola, Strega Nona

“The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine.
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And fortune said it should be you.”
Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose

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