Simms Taback Photo

Simms Taback

Born: Feb 13, 1932

Death: Dec 25, 2011

Birthplace: The Bronx

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Simms Taback

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1932
Date of Death : Dec 25, 2011
Birth Place : The Bronx

Simms Taback was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and was a runner-up in 1998 for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University. Taback designed the first McDonald's Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.


  • Writer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator

Awards Won

  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
  • National Jewish Book Award for Children''s Picture Book
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