Tomie dePaola Bio, Wiki
Tomie dePaola is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 260 children’s books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children’s literature in 2011. His publisher announced on Monday, March 30th that the book author had died aged 85. He was best known for writing the Strega Nona series and 26 Fairmount Avenue.
Tomie dePaola Background
Born into a family of Irish and Italian background, dePaola was originally from Meriden, Connecticut. He earned an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, his biography on Random Penguin House says. Throughout his 30-year career, the beloved children’s book author published nearly 200 books in more than a dozen different countries.
In a quote attributed to dePaola, the author talked about the importance of reading. “Reading is important because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything,” he once said, according to Good Reads.
“A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they’re often the first art a young person sees,” he said in another.
DePaola had a great childhood, though he thought the best artists should have rough ones. “I remember feeling guilty that I had a good childhood,” he said, as per Brainy Quote. I thought everybody who is famous has to have a desperate childhood and work his way out of it, but I had a great one.”
When it came to illustrations, dePaola had a distinctive style and there was a purpose behind it. “I try to be as clear and simple as I can be in my illustrations so that the child can tell what is going on and what the emotions are,” he said.
DePaola said he signed his books with a heart because it was his symbol. “The heart has become a sort of symbol for me. I also use it as shorthand, or an abbreviation, for ‘love,’” he said.
Besides his birthday, Christmas was his favorite holiday and other than writing he also liked to travel, garden, watch movies read and shop.
Tomie dePaola Wife
dePaola was never married in his lifetime. He had several cats and dogs throughout his lifetime although he didn’t have any at the time of his death. “Some of my cats were named Satie, Foshay, Token, Kahlo, Rosalie, Conrad and Bomba,” dePaola said. “Some of my dogs were named Bingley, Madison, Markus, Morgan, Moffat, and Bronte.”
Tomie dePaola Death & Cause
His publisher announced on Monday, March 30th that the book author had died aged 85.
“We mourn the loss of a master storyteller. Tomie dePaola has passed away. We extend our sympathy to his legions of readers, friends, and colleagues,” Winding Oak Children’s Literature wrote on Facebook.
Reading Tomie dePaola’s books to my preschoolers was a pleasure I looked forward to everyday when I was a teacher. Joy & love jumped off his pages. Rest In Peace, Mr. dePaola, after a life well lived. pic.twitter.com/vVSkKNcRhV
— Anita (@__Neetz__) March 30, 2020