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Author Study - Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is a beloved children's author and illustrator of more than 250 books! Tomie has won numerous awards. Tomie was the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association has honored him with a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."


Even when Tomie was just four years old, he told his family he wanted to write and illustrate children's books! Some of Tomie's books are autobiographical and based on his life as a child, such as the "26 Fairmount Avenue" series. Some of his stories are ethnic and based around his Irish/Italian ancestry. (information taken from Tomie dePaola's website)

Here are some wonderful books written by Tomie!

Our Favorite Characters

We love reading stories about Strega Nona and Big Anthony. In this author study, we will explore ways that Strega Nona and Big Anthony are alike and different. Tell your parents what we have discovered! We will also learn how characters from a series quite often act the same in each book - like Big Anthony and his forgetful ways! Because Big Anthony is similar in each book, we can predict his behavior in a book we haven't even read before.


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