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Tomie dePaola

Born: Sep 15, 1934

Birthplace: Meriden

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Tomie dePaola

Date of Birth : Sep 15, 1934
Birth Place : Meriden

Thomas Anthony dePaola is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, and is known best for picture books such as Strega Nona. He received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to American children's literature in 2011. Though not as well known as for illustrations of children's books, Thomas DePaola has also produced significant works of fine art, several of which in locations that are accessible for viewing. These works include the simple, yet very elegant, series of fourteen Stations of the Cross and a depiction of St. Benedict holding the "Rule for Monasteries" with a monastery in the background that reside in the Abbey Church of Our Lady of Glastonbury in Hingham, Massachusetts. He also painted a set of frescoes in the refectory of the same abbey, normally open only to the congregation after the abbey's conventual Sunday masses during cool or inclement weather.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Also known as

  • Tomie Paola
  • Thomas Anthony dePaola
  • Tomie de Paola
  • Tomie A. dePaola

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
  • Regina Medal
  • Newbery Honor
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