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Marc Simont (1915-2013)

Simont’s spare, lovely cover for the March/April 2004 Horn Book Magazine.

Illustrator extraordinaire Marc Simont died July 13, 2013, in Cornwall, Connecticut, at ninety-seven. Three of his picture books received Caldecott recognition — the 1957 Medal for A Tree Is Nice (text by Janice May Udry); 1950 and 2002 Honors for The Happy Day (text by Ruth Krauss) and The Stray Dog — while many other books (he illustrated nearly one hundred) have achieved classic status, including Karla Kuskin’s The Philharmonic Gets Dressed and James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks.

We remember the illustration great with articles from our archives:

Simont’s wise, funny 1957 Caldecott acceptance speech

Profile by author Elisabeth Lansing

A peek into Simont’s creative process, written by Leonard Marcus

Simont’s anecdote about his friend and fellow Caldecott Medalist Robert McCloskey

Simont’s “Artist’s Choice” comment on A Bell for Ursli

Reviews of select books by Marc Simont

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