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About Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney, author and illustrator of more than 100 books for children, died in Portland, Maine, on March 10, 2000, at the age of eighty-three. She was twice awarded Caldecott medals, first in 1959 for her illustrations for Chaucer’s Chanticleer and the Fox and then in 1980 for Ox-Cart Man, written by Donald Hall. Her Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award and inspired the creation of the Maine Library Association’s Lupine Award.

Making Picture Books: The Pictures

I don’t know exactly how I came to be an illustrator of books. Certainly much art throughout the ages has been in the form of illustration, although not necessarily in books. Since I was very little, I intended to be an artist of some sort. As I grew older, I wanted also a liberal-arts education […]