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Dorothy P. Lathrop

Born: Apr 16, 1891

Death: Dec 30, 1980

Birthplace: Albany

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Dorothy P. Lathrop

Date of Birth : Apr 16, 1891
Date of Death : Dec 30, 1980
Birth Place : Albany

Dorothy Pulis Lathrop was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She was born in Albany, New York. During a prolific career spanning from 1919 to 1967, she used her artistic skills as an illustrator of other authors’ children's fictional literature: more than 38 books were published with her illustrations. Lathrop wrote and illustrated nine children's books and several topical nonfiction books. She was also an accomplished printmaker. Much of her work was devoted to the beauty and importance of animals. Lathrop's career began around 1919, when her first published suite of illustrations appeared in Walter de la Mare's book for children, The Three Mulla-Mulgars. Lathrop developed a friendship with de la Mare, and thereafter illustrated five more of his books for children: Down-Adown-Derry, Crossings, The Dutch Cheese, Mr. Bumps and His Monkey and Bells and Grass. In 1929, Lathrop illustrated Rachel Field's successful children's novel, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, the fictional story of a doll, which won the Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for the best children's novel of the year.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Also known as

  • Dorothy Lathrop

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Newbery Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
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