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William Steig

Born: Nov 14, 1907

Death: Oct 3, 2003

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

William Steig

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1907
Date of Death : Oct 3, 2003
Birth Place : Brooklyn

William Steig was a prolific American cartoonist, sculptor, and, late in life, an illustrator and writer of popular children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Cartoonist
  • Illustrator


  • Joseph Steig
  • Laura Ebel Steig


  • Elizabeth Mead
  • Stephanie Healey
  • Kari Homestead
  • Jeanne Doron


  • Jeremy Steig
  • Margit Laura Steig
  • Lucinda Steig

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • National Book Award for Children’s Books (Picture Books, Hardcover)
  • Newbery Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
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